I rather enjoyed it. Sandel's goal is not to provide answers to the question of what things should be free market and which ones shouldn't. It is, howI rather enjoyed it. Sandel's goal is not to provide answers to the question of what things should be free market and which ones shouldn't. It is, however, to provide a way of thinking about such quandries and to gain the language to express why something strikes a person as not being appropriate for a free market approach.
Sandel also does a solid job of laying out the nuance of situations. That there are seldom clean, easy answers to some situations.
As a pastor, it provided some good food for thought for what happens when civic engagement for its own sake shifts toward payment for civic engagement, and how that changes the relationship and motivations. (In congregational settings, it's the staffication of what were once tasks done by volunteers and how it's changed the sense of spiritual education of young people being a parent's job to "that's your job, pastor".)
I also learned a lot in a secondary way, as I had no idea about things such as "Janitor's Insurance", etc.
The one area where I felt his critique of market influences was soft was in the area of money paid to students for grades and/or reading books. While he covered the question of "is it right to pay for something we want people to have a intrinsic desire to want", he didn't touch the question of cheating sneaking into such systems, either cheating by students to get the grades that garner greater rewards or cheating by the teachers who get rewarded for their students' better grades. ...more
Gotta say, Maisie's relationship with James is making me crazy. Yes, I get her struggles with the changes in her class status, the uncomfortableness sGotta say, Maisie's relationship with James is making me crazy. Yes, I get her struggles with the changes in her class status, the uncomfortableness she has with being waited on and served. However, her ambivalence seems to be tied as much with her fears of losing her self identity if she was to marry. Which wasn't that exactly why Lady Whatsit asked her to think seriously about whether or not she could imagine her relationship with James ending in marriage.
What's also irritating is that in all of Maisie's self-reflection, we never have her reflecting on whether or not she wants to have children, whether or not she wants to be a mother. It seems like this would be a reasonable question for a woman in the 1930s. ...more
After reading the next book in this series and then thinking back on this one, I'd say that's the theme - from the peoCan you really lie to yourself?
After reading the next book in this series and then thinking back on this one, I'd say that's the theme - from the people Maisie is investigating to the government's lack of concern over those within England who are responding to Hitler's message, to Maisie's own concern with her grown ability to lie with ease.
It was enjoyable to see a different setting for Maisie to work within. Having recently read the Rabbi David Small mysteries, I had to appreciate her change of venue being a college as well. ...more