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Corrupting citizens for fun and profit
Washington Post, by Michael Gerson

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 7/16/2014 4:39:42 AM

Two of the larger social trends of our time — the growth of payday gambling and the legalization of marijuana — have two things in common: They are justified as the expansion of personal liberty, and they serve the interests of an expanding government. The ideological alliance behind these changes is among the strangest in U.S. politics. Libertarians seek to lift governmental restraints on consensual acts. State governments seek sources of revenue without the political inconvenience of requesting broad tax increases. Both find common ground in encouraging and exploiting the weaknesses and addictions of citizens. (And business interests and their lobbyists,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: gringolite, 7/16/2014 5:05:21 AM     (No. 9926687)

Faux conservative at WaPo actually gets it.
Always has been and always will be about the money,not to mention a doped up and compliant population is easier to control.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: grace1798, 7/16/2014 5:51:03 AM     (No. 9926714)

Anyone who loves to gamble and be hooked by some mind controlling drug hates their own lives as well as the lives of those who care about them. Which is the most selfish thing any person can do.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 7/16/2014 9:10:43 AM     (No. 9926962)

Is there a down side to personal freedom? Of course, but does that mean the government should intervene by proscribing personal choices...?

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