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How Markets Crowd Out Morals

posted on May 23, 2012

Writing in The Boston Review, Michael Sandel poses a seemingly simple question: “are there some things that money should not be able to buy?” There are “the things that money can’t buy, and the things that money can buy but arguably shouldn’t,” he writes, in an article culled from his latest book, What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets. Sandel explores the world of blood donations and buying pre-written wedding toasts and finds how money can affect how we view things and how “sometimes market values crowd out non-market norms worth caring about.” 

Read at The Boston Review