What Isn 't For Sale?

847 Words Sep 23rd, 2015 4 Pages
Michael J. Sandel starts his article “What Isn’t For Sale?” listing examples of items and perks we are given the option to buy. Even though you can buy almost everything, Sandel also lists options if you need some money. He addresses the main problem we face in a society where everything can be purchased and that markets have dictated our lives. However, since almost everything is for sale, capitalism is successful and the market is doing well. The downside this is that people are beginning to put a price on everything. Towards the end of the Cold War, buying and selling became more of a constant need that consumers welcomed.
Beginning in the 1980s, political leaders believed that markets were bad for the economy. Although in the 1990s, there was a faith that presented a need for the markets and that they are the main help for the public. As of now, that faith is being challenged. The financial crisis separated markets and morals. It has become our job, as consumers, to find a way to rejoin them without any way of knowing how to.
Markets were being mercenary and taking risky actions which lead to failure. Markets put responsibility on bankers and Wall Street executives to prevent such failures. However, there was more to what caused the financial crisis. Because markets made their way to places they shouldn’t have been, consumers now need to find a way to cut off unnecessary ties that the market has in our lives. Having the market be so invested in our social life and…
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