What Isn 't For Sale?

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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,…show more content…
Market society has faded the lines of the borders by putting a price on things such as reproduction, right to pollute, and elections. Right now, the use of markets are tacit because of the high inventory on everything. As a result of this, life for those with less money has become difficult while those with money don’t see the fault in the gap of income as money is able to purchase everything. Another reason to question how much should be for sale is how our motivation will be affected. Having to put a price on tasks we won’t do allows extrinsic motivation to take away from our pride and self-enjoyment. Markets transform our interests and have us view certain tasks as a job. We have become a society that is fine with letting others do our tasks while still claiming personal success. Although Economists believe markets are immobile, there are times where that is not always true. Because markets have brainwashed consumers into believing that values matter, we have given everything a price based on our beliefs. Nonetheless, putting a price on a human takes away civility leaving humans seen as an item. While we try to sell almost everything, not everything is seen as something worth a price. As a society we don’t think of children as property or an item; we value them as a human and treat them with respect and love. As consumers, we have to define what items are
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