Gambling and Speculation takes the long, historic perspective of its controversial subject. The book offers not only a better understanding of the recent "gambling craze," but also a fundamental inquiry into human nature and the structure of societies. The Brenners argue that the negative image of gamblers and of speculators stems from prejudice, whose roots are in the distant, forgotten past. Legal scholars have frequently confused gambling with speculation and the anti-gambling laws were, at times, erroneously interpreted as implying the prohibitions of contracts in futures and insurance markets. One consequence of all this confusion was that during this century both in the United States and England, the legislation and law on betting and gambling became ambiguous. The authors touch on this issue and make policy recommendations: to abolish restrictions on the industry, diminish the states' role in selling lotteries, and, at the same time, make legal distinctions capable of helping the tiny percentage of players who might be "addicted."
Preface and acknowledgments; 1. The uneasy history of lotteries with Gabrielle A. Brenner; 2. Why do people gamble? with Gabrielle A. Brenner; 3. Why is gambling condemned? words, facts, and the discrepancy between them with Gabrielle A. Brenner; 4. Gambling, speculation, insurance - why they were confused and condemned; 5. Governments, taxation, and the impact of prohibitations; 6. Happiness, luck, and the social good; Appendixes; Notes; Bibliographies; Index of names; Subject index.
'Brenner's is the best book ever written on gambling.' David R. Steele, Liberty