What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets

[What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets]
Farrar Straus & Giroux
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Type: Thought
Nothing inappropriate.
Requires prior general knowledge of the subject.
Readers with knowledgeable about the subject matter.
Contains doctrinal errors of some importance.
Whilst not being explicitly against the faith, the general approach or its main points are ambiguous or opposed to the Church’s teachings.
Incompatible with Catholic doctrine.
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Sandel explains concisely why the free market, excellent though it is, is a tool that is only suitable in some environments. We always need to be aware of the human person and human dignity, so we cannot admit profit or efficiency as the sole criterion for evaluating situations and actions. Sandel uses wonderful, real-life examples that the average reader can appreciate, drawn from lobbyists, American football, well-known politicians, films, etc. He shows that morality does exist, that it applies to all our actions, and that it does not depend on supply and demand but on a “some higher rule”. Recommended for everyone, since it does not require much grounding in philosophy or economics to understand it.

Author: Felipe Izquierdo, Chile
Update on: May 2023