What Money Can't Buy The Moral Limits of Markets

ISBN-10: 0374203032

ISBN-13: 9780374203030

Edition: 2012

Authors: Michael J. Sandel

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Should we pay children to read books or to get good grades? Should we put a price on human life to decide how much pollution to allow? Is it ethical to pay people to test risky new drugs or to donate their organs? What about hiring mercenaries to fight our wars, outsourcing inmates to forprofit prisons, auctioning admission to elite universities, or selling citizenship to immigrants willing to pay?InWhat Money Can’t Buy, Michael J. Sandel takes up one of the biggest ethical questions of our time: Isn’t there something wrong with a world in which everything is for sale? If so, how can we prevent market values from reaching into spheres of life where they don’t belong? What are the moral limits of markets?In recent decades, market values have crowded out nonmarket norms in almost every aspect of life—medicine, education, government, law, art, sports, even family life and personal relations. Without quite realizing it, Sandel argues, we have drifted fromhavinga market economy tobeinga market society.InJustice, an international bestseller, Sandel showed himself to be a master at illuminating, with clarity and verve, the hard moral questions we confront in our everyday lives. Now, inWhat Money Can’t Buy, he provokes a debate that’s been missing in our market-driven age: What is the proper role of markets in a democratic society, and how can we protect the moral and civic goods that markets do not honor and money cannot buy?
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List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 4/24/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Introduction: Markets and Morals
Market Triumphalism
Everything for Sale
The Role of Markets
Our Rancorous Politics
Jumping the Queue Airports, Amusement Parks, Gar Pool Lanes
Hired Line Standers
Ticket Scalpers
Concierge Doctors
Markets Versus Queues
Yosemite Campsites
Papal Masses
Springsteen Concerts
Cash for Sterilization
The Economic Approach to Life
Paying Kids for Good Grades
Bribes to Lose Weight
Selling the Right to Immigrate
A Market in Refugees
Speeding Tickets and Subway Cheats
Tradable Procreation Permits
Tradable Pollution Permits
Carbon Offsets
Paying to Kill an Endangered Rhino
Ethics and Economics
How Markets Crowd Out Morals
Hired Friends
Bought Apologies and Wedding Toasts
The Case Against Gifts
Auctioning College Admission
Coercion and Corruption
Nuclear Waste Sites
Donation Days and Day-Care Pickups
Blood for Sale
Economizing Love
Markets in Life and Death
Janitors Insurance
Betting on Death
Internet Death Pools
Insurance Versus Gambling
The Terrorism Futures Market
The Lives of Strangers
Death Bonds
Naming Rights
Autographs for Sale
Corporate-Sponsored Home Runs
Bathroom Advertising
Ads in Books
Body Billboards
Branding the Public Square
Branded Lifeguards and Nature Trails
Police Cars and Fire Hydrants
Commercials in the Classroom
Ads in Jails
The Skyboxification of Everyday Life
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