12 October 2013

Michael Sandel on markets and civic life

Around the 11- to 12-minute mark, Sandel makes a very profound point about Americans' inability, as a society, to reflect and evaluate their social practices. We could really use a modern-day Confucius or Mencius to carry out such a debate. I fully agree with his main point that the push to make everything in life into a commodity is extremely damaging to society (and, I might add, to the human spirit itself). In the end, it leads to the paradoxical situation we see in the U.S. where a small group of extremely wealthy individuals are doing all they can to create poverty and insecurity within one of the planet's wealthiest regions.

By the way, I see that Sandel's Harvard course titled "Justice" is all available online.

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