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  • The more things money can buy, the harder it is to be poor.

  • In almost every society around the world today, there is tremendous frustration with politics,

  • with politicians, with political parties.

  • What passes for political discourse these days consists largely of partisan shouting

  • matches, where people aren't really listening to one another but shouting past one another,

  • or narrow, technocratic, managerial talk, which inspires no-one.

  • I think one of the reasons for the emptiness of public discourse is that we've outsourced

  • our moral argument to markets. Over the last few decades we've drifted, almost without

  • realising it, from having market economies to becoming market societies.

  • The difference is this: a market economy is a tool, a valuable and effective tool for

  • organising productive activity, but a market society is a place where almost everything

  • is up for sale.

  • There was a proposal to increase attention by GPs to the diagnosis of dementia by offering

  • fifty-five pounds for every dementia diagnosis that she or he made.

  • Or, consider the use of cash incentives in schools, offering teachers bonuses if the

  • test scores of their students increase.

  • Why not allow a free market in votes so that people who don't much care about the outcome

  • of elections get some value, if they choose, and sell their votes to the highest bidder?

  • Sold

  • [If] the only thing money could buy were cars, vacations and luxury yachts, inequality

  • wouldn't matter very much.

  • But, where money determines access to the fundamental necessities and good things in

  • life - health, education, living in a safe neighbourhood, political voice and influence

  • - inequality matters a lot more than it otherwise would.

  • We sometimes shrink from engaging with big ethical questions in politics because we know

  • that in pluralist societies, like ours, we will disagree.

  • I think we need to overcome this hesitation. I think people want,

  • politics to be about big things.

  • The reason we should aim for a more ethically engaged kind of public discourse is not that

  • it will produce unanimous agreement, but because it will make us better democratic citizens.

The more things money can buy, the harder it is to be poor.


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お金で買えるものが多ければ多いほど、貧乏になるのは難しい - マイケル・サンデル|コメントは自由です。 (The more things money can buy, the harder it is to be poor - Michael Sandel | Comment is Free)

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