Over at MassPoliticsProfs, Maurice Cunningham responds to former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank's op-ed making the liberal case for casinos.

I say that Congressman Frank’s article was not a case for casinos because nowhere in the essay does he express a kind word for casinos. Rather, he adopts a sort of mystified tolerance for a practice he seems to regard as a bad but private individual choice. This is perhaps strategic because the opponents of the casino industry are not so concerned with each individual’s choices, bad or good, but with public policy that institutionalizes extractive corporations into Massachusetts.