What Money Can't Buy - Join the Debate
by St Pauls Institute
Posted: 23 May 2012
Is 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?
The response to our event with Michael Sandel was outstanding, with around 1,800 people filling the Cathedral to capacity and an evening of discussion and debate on the topic of Sandel's latest book What Money Can't Buy. The audience was visibly attentive throughout the discussion between Michael Sandel, Bishop Peter Selby, Julian Le Grand and Stephanie Flanders; with questions and comments coming in from the floor and plenty of debate between the speakers on the panel.
This debate comes at an important moment, as attention to markets and their role in shaping our lives and social relationships continues to intensify- from the leaders of the Eurozone countries dealing with macroeconomic concerns to individuals confronting the fall-out from continuing economic instability as demonstrated by the Occupy protests. Michael Sandel ended the evening's discussion by saying that we need a "morally more robust public discourse" and that "to renew public life we need to exercise [our] civic virtues more strenuously".
This is exactly what St Paul's Institute has always been about, and we are delighted at the level of engagement that took place last night.
Michael Sandel commented, "A market economy is a tool - a valuable and effective tool - for organising productive activity. A market society is a way of life in which market values seep into every aspect of human endeavour. It is a place where social relations are made over in the image of the market. The great missing debate is about the role and reach of the market. I am delighted that St Paul's Institute are seeking to foster just this debate."
The debate does not end with the event. What do you think?
We think it's vital that as many people as possible take part in this discussion and that the debate - the public discourse - continues, and so we are providing this page on our website for you to comment with your thoughts and views on the two following questions:
What things do you think money can't buy and, if you can't buy them, how can you get them?
What are the most important things you think money can buy, but shouldn't?
So, make sure to have your say and join in on this important debate. Let us know what you think by using the comment system below.
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