Patt Morrison for May 9, 2012

In our market-driven society, is there anything that money can’t buy?

What Money Can't Buy

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

"What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets" by Michael J. Sandel

Should we allow companies to pay for the right to pollute the atmosphere? Should we pay children to read books or to get good grades?

These are just a few of the ethical questions Michael J. Sandel attempts to answer in his new book called “What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets.” In a market-driven age, the Harvard University professor warns that imposing marketplace values upon non-market components of society is damaging to democracy and can corrupt healthy social values. Sandel also asserts that there is not enough discussion and debate in politics and society in general about “marketization” in terms of where it serves the public and where it is damaging.

Michael Sandel will be appearing at Live Talks Los Angeles’ “An Evening with Michael Sandel in conversation with Patt Morrison”at All Saints Church in Pasadena on May 9th at 7:00 PM. For ticket information and additional details go to

What Money Can't Buy excerpt - 1 Jumping the Queue

Copyright © 2012 by Michael J. Sandel


What elements of government and society should be considered priceless and off limits to markets?


Michael J. Sandel, the Anne T. Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University and author of “What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets”

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