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Why should individuals worry about living in a “market society,” where everything is for sale? Harvard professor Michael Sandel explains that introducing marketing values and strategies into areas such as education and civic life changes their character and meaning. Moreover, market influences are intensifying income inequality and undermining democracy. If you’re interested in the hot-button topic of income inequality, getAbstract believes this popular TED Talk is a must-see.

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Michael Sandel is a political philosophy professor at Harvard University. He teaches a popular course on justice, which is viewable on YouTube.

 

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“Market thinking” and “market values” are permeating society. Inmates can pay to upgrade their jail cells. Lobbyists can hire someone to stand in line for them prior to Congressional hearings. Amusement park patrons can buy passes to avoid the queues. And, without any public discourse, private companies have been hired to fight America’s wars overseas. On the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan, private military contractors outnumbered US troops.

America has undergone a “quiet revolution,” changing from a...


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