I like sporting events. I really enjoy watching them in the afternoon. One of the things I love about this country. I loved baseball ever since Arnold Rothstein fixed the World Series in 1919…
If you read this site, chances are you're familiar with the work of Radley Balko, Reason Magazine's senior editor and crime columnist, and libertarian writer at large. You may have found us through Mr. Balko's personal website, the Agitator.
You've probably never heard of Les Bernal, the executive director of "Stop Predatory Gambling" – some guy who probably takes grants from the government to argue that we need more government, and to argue that all legal prohibitions on gambling, like internet poker, are good and worthy, and that when a SWAT team shoots a casual sports better in the chest, killing him, it's a necessary sacrifice in the war against your personal liberties, … I mean, predatory gambling.
I've never heard of the man anyway. He sounds like some jackbooted thug and he looks like Stalin's secret police chief, Lavrenti Beria, who incidentally was a notorious rapist and child molester, to me, but that's just my personal opinion.
Anyway, Balko and this Beria, I'm sorry, I mean Bernal, character are having a debate on the wisdom of gambling prohibition at the Economist. The victor in the debate will be decided by the votes of the reading public.
I make no recommendation as to how you should vote, of course.