Is Gambling Wrong? Really?
OK I have a “thing” for gambling (St. Louis area casino adjusted gross receipts for April 2011 was $79,475,000 – that’s right, over $79 million in April alone – up 5% from April 2010 – go here if you don’t believe me). I have friends who gamble – some of my best friends are gamblers! – and people will often come back at me with comments about gambling being no worse than investing in the stock market, it’s just a form of entertainment, etc.
I found a brief but interesting article (the first of a series) which helped me think through why I think gambling is wrong. Phil Johnson makes several distinctions between gambling and the stock market, gambling and farming, gambling and getting on an airplane. And he points out something I hadn’t thought about – that one gambler’s winnings comes out of other gamblers’ pockets. Not the pockets of the owners or operators. And that’s at the base of what’s wrong with gambling. To read the whole article, go here.