quarta-feira, 15 de agosto de 2012

O que o dinheiro não pode comprar [1]

Introduction: Markets and Morals (I de III)
"We need to rethink the role that markets should play in our society. We need a public debate about what it means to keep markets in their place. To have this debate, we need to think through the moral limits of markets. We need to ask whether there are some things money should not buy. The reach of markets, and market-oriented thinking, into aspects of life traditionally governed by nonmarket norms is one of the most significant developments of our time. (...) Why worry that we are moving toward a society in which everything is up for sale? For two reasons: one is about inequality; the other is about corruption. (...) When we decide that certain goods may be bought and sold, we decide, at least implicitly, that it is appropriate to treat them as commodities, as instruments of profit and use. (...) Some of the good things in life are corrupted or degraded if turned into commodities. So to decide where the market belongs, and where it should be kept at a distance, we have to decide how to value the goods in question. (...) These are moral and political questions, not merely economic ones."