We could have seen another example just five hours ago when Al Jazeera, a hybrid of written Mohammedanism and modern Western left-wing brainwashing outlets, picked a particular target, the Czech gambling industry:
American living in Burma ($5,000 is the GDP per capita, PPP), described Czechia as a decaying society where 110,000 gamblers (over 1%) should probably be stored in a psychiatric asylum. (The number 110,000 was picked from some random government documents and compared with numbers from other governments – which obviously use completely different methods so he was comparing apples with oranges.)
He admitted that these industries were overregulated during communism (which doesn't mean that gambling was absent: the totto-lotto ["Sportka" existed during socialism] and betting on sports was alive and reasonably well ["Sazka" was the large company that did this business already during socialism], while avoiding the efficiency of capitalism) but he described the results of freedom in this business as catastrophic.
Slot machines, quizomats – machines that test the encyclopedic knowledge or IQ, betting on sports, and other things were all included in his picture of the Armageddon.
Needless to say, all of this is just pile of šit. We have the highest number of gambling rooms in Europe but it works fine. There are gamblers who have lost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. But there are also gamblers whose score is positive. The latter, the lucky winners, are never considered "mentally sick". But the unlucky ones differ pretty much by the bad luck only. Bad luck isn't really a disease. The number of unlucky players is just a little bit higher than the number of the lucky winners – because the gambling companies and shops have to generate some profit.
The article demonizes all the people who are gambling. Everything is presented as "unlikable" about them. But they're pretty normal people and gambling may be something that makes their lives meaningful. Many of the gamblers wouldn't find an equally fulfilling activity for their lives. Some of them could do something else – but that doesn't mean that they have to do something else.
Gambling is a possible way to spend the time everyone was given here on Earth. Are the people addicted? Well, addiction is just a negative label. The people are largely repeatedly filling their time with the activity they find most satisfying. Are people addicted to drinking or breathing or working almost every day? What's the difference?
If there's something wrong in Prague, it's the increasing overregulation of gambling in recent years – a process that this inkspiller didn't write an epsilon about.
Almost all Czechs who responded beneath the Al Jazeera article were shocked by the arrogance that a company based in Qatar has to have when it pretends to take on the role of a judge who can convict whole nations of the Western world. Stanislav Doležal wrote:
A Czech here. I can testify that in reality, this is an insignificant problem. Far more of a concern for muslims would be, say, our overconsumption of beer or our affection for dogs. But let´s compare our situation with, say, Qatar. Do we flog anyone? No. Do we stone anyone? No. Is apostasy punishable? No. Is blasphemy punishable? No. Is homosexuality punishable? No. Do I want to live in Qatar? No. Do I want to live in the Czech Republic? Yes.Amen to that. Czechs are the world's leaders in the drinking of beer, they are among the best ones when it comes to their love for dogs. In our country, there is a significant degree of freedom for drugs, alcohol, paid sexual services, and other things. Qatar doesn't have any of it. Who is better off? I would only hesitate for seconds before I would answer this question.
What happens when these basic freedoms are liquidated? Well, the societal progress comes to a halt. But we have a more particular Qatari-Czech example, too. From September 2004 and for a year or so, Qatari prince Hamed bin Abdal Sani – who is very close to the small group of people who actually own Al Jazeera – was arrested in Czechia. The reason was simple: repeated sex with 16 Czech underage girls, including 4 girls below 15 years of age.
Because of some bizarre arguments and not so transparent influences, then justice minister Mr Němec extradited the prince to Qatar – which effectively meant that the prince was pardoned, of course. An overwhelming majority of the Czech public supported Ms Benešová, the attorney general, who was unsuccessfully fighting Němec's tricks. I don't want to go into details.
But it's clear what I want to say: Why don't you clean your dirty perverse ruling family in Qatar before you try to attack innocent players at another, more culturally advanced continent? (By the way, the Czech trial was restarted in 2014, sadly, without the suspect.)
My main point is that the freedom for these activities is no mistake. It's one of the freedoms that the overwhelmingly left-wing Czechs consider right. And it doesn't lead to any substantial societal problems. Those people in Qatar or Burma who would send 110,000 gamblers to psychiatric asylums are driven by the same unacceptable medieval bigotry that makes them stone women to death or behead some men.
After all, even when it comes to truly mentally ill people, the fall of communism also meant that one can no longer be labeled "completely" legally incompetent. This new balance obviously sometimes leads to some problems – but it's needed because of our new understanding of the human rights and freedoms.
Sorry but this discussion isn't relevant for the gambling industry as a whole because a vast majority of the Czech gamblers is mentally healthy. A small fraction is not – and some of them would be mentally unhealthy even if gambling were prohibited. But there is no reason to dramatically increase the regulation of the Czech gambling industry. And indeed, this industry isn't considered a villain by the public at all. For example, Tipsport, a sports betting company, is the only sponsor of the highest league of ice-hockey ("Tipsport extraliga"), arguably the country's most popular sport. I've never heard of a complaint about this choice of the sponsor. Betting is obviously a natural companion of the sports.
Also, Fortuna, a competitor of Tipsport (and Sazka), is a publicly traded company at the Prague Stock Exchange. At some moment a year ago or so, I owned a few thousand of these stocks and Fortuna is really, really one of the fortunate companies that brought me a positive profit so far. ;-) My record with the smaller companies is much better than the record with the big ones. Just to be sure, I am not a gambler. And even the "random" trading of the stocks is a kind of gambling and I don't intrinsically like it – in some sense, I would love to maximally avoid it. But I end up being exposed to some financial risks, anyway, like everyone who wants to fight inflation in the long run. But that doesn't mean that I would try to strip the "naturally born gamblers" of their freedom or dignity.
Please, if you live in the environment where most people want to demonize gambling or even betting, or even brutally punish it, do it in your country such as Qatar or Burma. Dear bigots and traitors (such as the American writer in Al Jazeera), don't try to apply your medieval rules to the nations that actually live in the 21st century. We're centuries ahead of you and your efforts are considered hostile.
This obnoxious rant at Al Jazeera – a hybrid of medieval bigotry and the EU-style postmodern left-wing regulation – is the kind of stuff that insults and terrifies me "just a little bit less" than the deadly terrorist attacks. You know, this simple sentiment is one of the reasons why 98% Czechs find any mass Islamic immigration unacceptable. We just don't want bigots to be around and pretend that they're morally or culturally above us and have the right to criticize if not regulate beer drinking, betting, gambling, or any other ordinary activities. You don't have such rights – you're just a sickly Bolshevik-Mohammedanist coalition and if someone should be kept in a psychiatric asylum, it is you and not the gamblers.
So if I can kindly ask all the bigots and their left-wing soulmates, please, f*ck off. Thank you very much.