Let Them Eat Water

Hamilton Nolan · 06/29/09 12:11PM

Gambling is bad for poor people, except all the people who work in casinos, who would otherwise be poor. The latest bright idea of Vladimir Putin, monster: He's shutting the casinos down in Russia. All of them. Closed. Hundreds of thousands of people will be put out of work. They won't be put into work, in more useful industries; they'll just be locked out, to wander the streets, dealing blackjack for nickels. Casinos will be allowed to relocate, if they choose, to the very very worst regions of the Russian empire, like the North Korean border and the Siberian tundra.