A helpful interview with Michael Sandel, author of “What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets,”

This is at After Words, a noncombative, intellectually inquisitive program. It explores how far capitalism can go as an economic model. To put it another way, can our society reach agreement of things it will not commodify? Is there anything wrong with paying inner city children to read or to get a C? Should people be able to take out life insurance on third parties as an investment? Is selling blood a good idea? Is altruism a real thing that we should seek to preserve in the face of market forces? The questions go on.

Sandel is a thoughtful Harvard prof. I use his videos and writings in my ethics class, as well as in philosophy.

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