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Conservatives and Gambling

One thing that makes me uneasy about large-scale gambling is the way it parodies, and subverts the virtues underlying, capitalism. I especially object to the ads for state-run lotteries in which the government tells people that the way to “strike it rich” is to play the numbers rather than to work and save. This isn’t an argument for considering gambling immoral, still less for banning it (although I would end state lotteries, for this and other reasons). Just something to think about.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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