“But Sandel sees them as signs of a bad trend: “Over the last three decades,” he states, “we have drifted from having a market economy to becoming a market society. A market economy is a tool — a valuable and effective tool — for organizing productive activity. But a ‘market society’ is a place where everything is up for sale. It is a way of life where market values govern every sphere of life.”
Two things come to my mind after reading the article.
1. The MSM and so called higher education indoctrinate that “we all must come together”, celebrate our diversity, globalization, etc while in actions there is constant drivers pointing out, emphasizing “have and have-nots”, black, white, race, religion, us vs. them etc. It is ridiculous what is actually churned by the so-called entertainment industry as supposedly funny and dramatic – often exaggerating differences or pumping up stereotypes. The divisions and passionate if not at time belligerent and ignorant chasms between beliefs, races, etc. are the deliberate makings of the hypocritical education, MSM, entertainment and yes political industries. The result is polarization that has resulted in our own economy hitting the brakes, morphing and sputtering because of perceptions and revelations of the “haves”, “entitled” and depitalism.
2. Our own political processes have been hijacked by this corruption of the free market economy. Often in first paragraphs about the election campaigns and races is how much money do they have in there coffers not the value of their ideas, values and vision. Those that would probably make exceptional government leaders are not even able to race/run because of the infrastructure which makes mandatory that one must be a “haves”. So the result is our nation and governmental leadership has been replaced via “hostile takeovers”.
Systemic changes need to occur and that undoubtedly will be more painful for some but that doesn’t mean that those changes are required if we actually want our nation and society to become a much better reality.