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Historical Perspective of Gambling in the U.S. & a Consideration of Choice and Chance
In this episode, we explore the public perception of gambling in the United States as it has evolved over time. We begin with the “gentleman’s” games of chance that were viewed as harmless diversions, and move on to what were considered more crass pass-times. Over the course of our history, we have moved from a general acceptance of gambling to an outright disdain, to a limited acceptance. Basically, we have moved all over the place in the last few hundred years (yes, I know how old the country is, but I’m counting time before we declared our independence as well).
After a look at the history, we move on to the meat of the discussion and consider something that I think we all know inherently, but rarely acknowledge. We examine the difference between making a gamble and making a choice. Are they different? Not really, but join us as we discuss how why it is that people tend to view them differently.