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What Money Can't Buy by Michael J. Sandel
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it was amazing
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This is one of the most important books that has come out in the last few years. It is about how the norms that accompany a free market approach are inappropriate to many spheres of life, such as public service, access to government officials, and the distribution of government resources. I focus on government, because I write about government ethics. But Sandel looks at other spheres of life, as well.

The ideas Sandel expresses here are anathema to libertarians, who consistently apply a free market approach to everything. "Money is speech" involves a confusion of norms that libertarians do not acknowledge. Nor do they acknowledge that lobbying for money used to be considered inappropriate not only by citizens, but by American courts.

If you've never thought about things in this way, you should read this book. If you want to see the variety of areas where this approach applies, ditto.

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September 9, 2012 – Finished Reading
October 15, 2015 – Shelved as: tasted
October 15, 2015 – Shelved
October 15, 2015 – Shelved as: nonfiction

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