Michael Sandel explains in his book, What Money Can’t Buy, how the markets have made commodities out of almost everything. He explains his reasoning in his lead essay How Markets Crowd Out Morals on the Boston Review. His argument generates discussion and gives readers food for thought about how they feel about these issues. The following writers are featured on the Boston Review for their responses to Sandel’s article. Is there someone you agree with most? Who do you disagree with? Discuss these topics in the comments below.
When the market is everywhere, we lead a socially impoverished existence.
Because Sandel disagrees with people’s choices, he wants to take those choices away.
Financial incentives are improperly used to induce African Americans to embrace “good” behaviors.
Debating the place of the market is less about the value of goods than about inequality.
Tolerance, equality, and democracy have only flourished in market societies.
Making money, formerly an exclusive realm of cosmic evil, is now “doing God’s work.”
Even market enthusiasts know that society can’t function if people are the amoral, self-interested calculators of blackboard economics.
The profit motive is corrupting the justice system.
Free markets are a kind of fairness.
By keeping markets in their place, we can avoid their corrosive effects.
(Courtesy of www.bostonreview.net)