Should we legalize (part 3)... Gambling?
Episode 32 of the Morality of Everyday Things is now live (and part 3 of our 'Should we legalize?' series)
Should we legalize (part 3)... Gambling
Third in our series (of 3 episodes) exploring the intersection of morality and public policy; generally of the form 'should X be made legal?'. We'll be exploring both the ethical arguments and some of the high level data around key policy decisions surrounding commonly banned substances and activities. A core introductory theme (and one that's consistently touched on through the series) is when and how a governing power should behave independent of morality, i.e. with a greater focus and interest in outcomes and evidence, and when the banning or legalizing of substances are perhaps more important as value statements than as policy approaches who's outcomes we should study. Ultimately, this a spectrum and we will all have different views on this, even from issue to issue.
Thanks for reading The Morality of Everyday Things! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.
Today we consider the legality of gambling. Dissimilar to previous episodes, this is something that's is largely legal (though sports gambling is only recently permitted in the US). This means we can assess some of the impacts through studies and also that we consider the realistic efficacy of oversight bodies. In this case, the similar to the sex work, the moral imperative is protection of victims, but the victims are the purchasers rather than the sellers, and the particular difference on top of this is the awkward layering of the capitalist incentive to take advantage of those who gamble most - and are most addicted.
Support the show:
If you’re a fan of the show, please consider signing up to our Patreon. A small subscription goes a long way towards supporting the show - and it makes us feel all warm inside. Alternatively, leave us a review! We read every one and they’re a great way to help others find the show!
Know anyone who likes to think about or debate the kind of topics we cover? Spread the word - and you’ll have our gratitude.
Stasher / Treepoints:
Stasher.com - Need short term storage? Use Stasher for affordable and convenient luggage storage around the world on your travels.
And Treepoints - We help small businesses be more sustainable. Everything from estimating your carbon footprint to helping you plant trees.
Until next time!
Jake & Ant