Michael Sandel

Why we shouldn't trust markets with our civic life

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Filmed Jan 2013 at TEDGlobal 2013
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In the past three decades, says Michael Sandel, the US has drifted from a market economy to a market society; it's fair to say that an American's experience of shared civic life depends on how much money they have. (Three key examples: access to education, access to justice, political influence.) In a talk and audience discussion, Sandel asks us to think honestly on this question: In our current democracy, is too much for sale?

Michael Sandel
/ Political philosopher

Michael Sandel teaches political philosophy at Harvard, exploring some of the most hotly contested moral and political issues of our time.  Full bio.

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