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Seidler 5/9/13 Gambling: The Winners and Losers Consider for a moment the position you are in when you cross the threshold of a casino. The lights, dazzling and hypnotic, welcome you to a palace of future riches; the women, scantily clad and themselves wonders to behold, serve the patrons drinks with a smile and a suggestive wink; the victorious cacophony of buzzers and whistles ringing in your ears. You‟re lured into a decadent world of pleasure, ecstasy, and victory. You have worked all week and it has all amounted to nothing more that the basic necessities, but here you are offered a chance to have something more. You are offered a chance to have everything you have ever dreamed of having. You‟re presented with a world of possibilities. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose. That is, nothing you‟re aware of, but how could you be? There is construct after construct, agent after agent working to ensure you never become aware of just why you are drawn to the casino. These agents are there to liberate you from your earnings, and the funny thing is they are also the ones that paid you in the first place. You are the victim of a lack of class consciousness, and you‟ll pay for it. You will walk the ritzy floors of the casino unaware of your indentured servitude and just how much you‟ve been manipulated into leaving with nothing but debt. You are a sacrifice to Mammon, God of the Casino, and he gnaws hungrily amidst the epic fornications of your fellow man for your crushed and beaten body to be hurled before him. All the while, you‟re unaware you‟ve even stumbled into his church. Marx had something to say about religion‟s place in society, but even more of exploitation: Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. The criticism of religion is,
for were the proletarians to rebel against those that feed. They would be just so many corpses lining the altar of their golden church. and wildest wishes? Karl Marx does not believe they would be at all merciful. you can take a walk into the fire‟…” The manufacturer owns the factory. Marx‟s contemporary. house. we have no responsibility to help these people.therefore. The media—newspapers. Engels. are free and that we are any different from those the casino has fed upon. in embryo. all of history is the history of class struggle—a lasting conflict between the bourgeoisie masters and their proletarian slaves—and this conflict has culminated in the bourgeoisie pooling their resources together to ensure the proletarians will not revolt and in the meantime. Freedom is a convenient lie the bourgeoisie introduced to the masses. the manufacturer does not force his materials and his cards. the criticism of that vale of tears of which religion is the halo. their victims. and those doing the deceiving are masters of manipulation keen to use the very things we‟ve accepted as part of our culture against us. and enjoys a life of luxury in the meantime. The casino is just another way to capitalize on the misery the bourgeoisie propagate. deepest fears. is it outrageous to suggest that they‟d build something from the ground up that has been fine-tuned to appeal to our most primal urges. the workers are perfectly free. and with them the minds of the people. the working class are just bodies upon which their empire is built. They watch with glee as we foolishly believe that we. You are not free to have what you desire because you can only afford to . Meanwhile. and television—are under the control of this hidden power. They believe that if one chose to visit the establishment and was unfortunate enough to lose. says “Naturally. The proletarians are puppets pulled by the invisible hand of a hidden tyranny. The poor eat the poor and the rich revel in the carnage. the slaves blame each other for their losses in these casinos. pamphlets. and clothe them they would not be free men. To Marx. but he says to them…‟If you don‟t like being fizzled in my frying-pan. Marx asserts that we are being lied to. These masters of mankind are ingenious enough to pervert the very faith of the people against them. pays you enough to keep you alive. Resistance is futile. for against what does a free man rebel? Rest assured. exploit them for profit.
Ideologies are concocted by those who benefit the most from such deceptions. They extract money from fools praying for capital and private property not knowing that it is capital and private property that holds us back and binds us forever to the iron shackles of the forge. And loses. They own the proletarians like the commodities the bourgeoisie forced them to become. The casino. The bourgeoisie have created a system in which the only winners are themselves. has become a shimmering tomb. and those making the decisions are breaking all the rules. casinos—like college tuition debt. The working man leaves with nothing but loss and shame to plague him forevermore and his place in the capitalist machine is guaranteed. betting. They mean to cause us harm and pinch pennies from our blood. the bourgeoisie own the politicians and the lottery fulfills the same task as a casino. all promote a disciplinarian culture. they choose our fate and thrust it further into the darkness than we could have ever expected. In this regard. They don‟t take risks. but you forget that while the state owns the lottery. It is an incredibly alluring poison that keeps the system running while ensuring that those who pay the price to do it are not the capitalist masters. And loses. But what of the state lottery? „These are not privately owned machinations against us‟. And loses. No man can rebel when he must work and no one needs to work harder than the debtor. . and if you chose to fight the system. once so full of promise. shackled to the very power that broke him. but those who have nothing to give. gambling is a retroactive taxation policy that drains the funds of the oppressed masses and uses those funds to uphold the very system that made the proletarian so desperate to begin with. you would be easily replaced by someone else in the army of labor and you‟d fall by the wayside. Once more to those who would call the proletarian man a free man. you say. Gambling— lotteries. an uncalculated statistic without a name. it is hard to resist. they determine what we feel. This question is of significant importance because we can only assign blame to free men. The casino is just another means of capitalist exploitation. and when the determine what we think. So when the casino weaves a tale of escape for those indebted to a system geared against the common man. He doubles his bet to regain all he has lost and loses. these are lies.live. The working man loses money to the casino and begins chasing his losses. but there are no free working men. the factory. or famine. it is a rigged game and the house always wins.
the casino beckons you to step idly into its patient snare and be swallowed up in its virulent machinations. Citation Page http://insurrect. look. and awash with the deviant excesses of the bourgeoisie and their god. seek-and-find exploitation wherever it may hide and be aware that it often does so in plain sight. Lined with neon lights and shimmering gold.wordpress.net/2012/11/25/a-marxist-critique-of-john-stuart-mills-account-of-individualliberty/ http://ecarson. On Liberty Karl Marx.Understand. Mammon. reeking of the broken dreams of the proletarian.com/2011/01/15/marx-and-the-church-on-gambling/ John Staurt Mill. A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right .
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