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Editor: Stephen Clowney
Univ. of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Monday, March 19, 2012

Is There Anything That Can't be Bought?

Over at The Atlantic, Harvard philosophy professor Michael Sandel looks at the hidden costs of the "market thinking" that permeates our society:

While it is certainly true that greed played a role in the financial crisis, something bigger was and is at stake. The most fateful change that unfolded during the past three decades was not an increase in greed. It was the reach of markets, and of market values, into spheres of life traditionally governed by nonmarket norms. To contend with this condition, we need to do more than inveigh against greed; we need to have a public debate about where markets belong—and where they don’t.

Steve Clowney

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