The Gambling Debate


Westport, CT:Greenwood PRess, 2008

By Fr. Richard A. McGowan S.J., Adjunct Associate Professor, Economics Department

The great majority of Americans--more than 80%--say they approve of gambling, even if they themselves don't gamble. Still, deep divisions persist in our attitudes toward the gambling industry. Is it profoundly destructive, preying on human weakness and stripping its victims of their sustenance and dignity? Or is it a vehicle of the American dream--an engine of personal enrichment, enormous public revenue, and economic development? The industry's explosive growth has sharpened the debate, radically altering the gambling landscape and dramatically raising the stakes involved. Author Richard A. McGowan, a respected authority on the public-policy aspects of gambling and other “sin” industries, reveals the new dynamics of gambling and frames the age-old ethical and practical questions it poses.

The Gambling Debate


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