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otb2.jpgHere is one of those stories guaranteed to convert a few more readers to libertarianism. New York's seedy Off Track Betting parlors, part of a state-operated system intended to raise money for public purposes while taking business from illegal book-making operations, actually lose money. So here we have the government spending taxpayer dough to enable and encourage people to do something that is almost certainly harmful. Not to worry, no doubt the state funds treatment programs for problem gamblers as well.

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Dan Akst is a journalist, essayist and novelist who wrote three books. His novel, The Webster Chronicle, is based on the lives of Cotton and Increase Mather. More

Dan Akst is a journalist, novelist and essayist whose work has appeared frequently in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Wilson Quarterly, and many other publications.
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