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There are certain moral and civic goods that markets do not honor and money cannot buy.
Today, there are very few things that money can't buy.
E.g.1 Buy queue time in amusement park by Fast Track or VIP tickets.
E.g.2 Cell upgrade in California's jail
E.g.3 Pay the homeless people to take the place at the head of line of for important Congressional hearings
Market thinking and market values
begin to dominate every aspect of life: personal relations, family life, health, education,politics, law, civic life.
With some social goods and practices, when market thinking and market values enter, they may change the meaning of those practices and crowd out attitudes and norms worth caring about.
We don't want a society where
everything is up for sale.
The recourse to market mechanisms and market thinking and market
solutions deepens in bigger arenas.
There're difference between market economy and market society.
The difference is this: A market economy is a tool, a valuable and effective tool, for organizing productive activity, but a market society is a place where almost everything is up for sale.
Inequality: The more things money can buy, the more affluence, or the lack of it, matters.
If the only thing that money determined was access to yachts or fancy vacations or BMWs, then inequality wouldn't matter very much.
When money comes increasingly to govern access to the essentials of the good life --
decent health care, access to the best education, political voice and influence in campaigns -- when money comes to govern all of those things, inequality matters a great deal.
The marketization of everything sharpens the sting of inequality and
its social and civic consequence.