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Justice with Michael Sandel

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Justice is one of the most popular courses in Harvard's history, and has captivated more than 14,000 students.

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MarketWatch: Capitalism is Killing America’s Morals

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In this op-ed piece, Paul B. Farell takes on Professor Sandel’s theories on how capitalism is affecting modern morality and fueling inequality.

BBC Radio 4: The Public Philosopher

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Professor Michael Sandel’s series on Radio 4, “The Public Philosopher,” is now available for on iTunes. Listen as Professor Sandel examines such topics as voting, morality and the state, immigration, national guilt, and more.

GW Hatchet: In lecture on ethics, Harvard professor talks baseball with business students

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Recently Professor Sandel had the opportunity to speak at George Washington University, lecturing on the dilemma of ethics in a market economy.

BBC News: The Public Philosopher – Why Democracy?

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At British Parliament this week, Professor Sandel presented a special edition of his program “The Public Philosopher” in the Palace of Westminster for BBC Democracy Day asking the question ‘why democracy?’    

Inheritance Taxes

Inheritance Taxes

According to philosopher John Rawls, it’s not fair if the children of poor parents have much lower prospects in life than the children of rich parents merely because of the family they were born into; therefore, steep inheritance taxes are justified. Do you agree?

Take from the Rich, Give to the Poor

Take from the Rich, Give to the Poor

According to philosopher Robert Nozick, when the government takes even a dollar from Bill Gates, a billionaire, and gives it to a poor person, it is like forcing Gates to work for the poor person. Is Nozick right to think that redistributive taxation is like forced labor? Should there be no redistributive taxation whatsoever?

Episode 03

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With humorous references to Bill Gates and Michael Jordan, Sandel introduces the libertarian notion that redistributive taxation (taxing the rich to give to the poor) is akin to forced labor.