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By Reuven Brenner

Even if monetary markets usually try and distance themselves from playing, the 2 elements have way more in universal than frequently idea. whilst, traditionally there have been no monetary associations corresponding to banks, lotteries constituted the methods wherein dear goods have been disposed of, and governments raised funds speedy. playing tables fulfilled roles that enterprise capital and banking do this present day. "Gamblers" created clearinghouses and sustained liquidity. while these gamblers guess on expense distributions in futures markets, they have been redefined as "speculators." at the present time they're known as "hedge fund managers" or "bankers." even though the names have replaced, the activities undertaken have basically stayed an analogous. This booklet indicates how dialogue on "chance," "risk," "gambling," "insurance," and "speculation" illuminates the place societies stood, the place we're this day, and the place we will be heading.

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This was also a period when part of the propertied classes who were not moved by Charles Dickens’s advocacy were looking at the European continent’s frequent revolutionary outbursts and the rumblings at home. 43 One conclusion of the debate was that “Fair Trade, Commercial Consuls, Technical Colleges – good and necessary as they are – will not avail to P1: KXF/SCY P2: KXF/KAA P3: KXF/KAA QC: 9780521884662c02 CUUS191/Brenner 978 0 521 88466 2 June 16, 2008 Anything Wrong with Gambling as a Pastime?

But rulers, judges, and priests were not the only groups threatened by people’s expression of belief in chance and their willingness to gamble, take risks, and leap into the unknown. Over time, a large number of ever-changing groups used the ancient prejudices to lobby for the outlawing of gambling and risk-taking. Who were these groups, and what were the wide variety of false accusations they invented that have brought about more confusing laws, regulations, and debates about gambling and risk-taking to this day?

In 1906 Arthur Shadwell, in his Industrial Efficiency: A Comparative Study of Industrial Life in England, Germany and America, described the English working class as “the most indolent and degenerate section of ‘a nation at play’ . . Money that the workers should have ‘invested’ in British industry . . ”46 The British failed to pay attention at the time to the quite well-known pattern of declining entrepreneurial spirit in countries that lose their young and restless, who migrate to new shores with greater opportunities.

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