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I read What Money Can't Buy to review it for the BBC. I was unimpressed.

One of Sandel's first examples of a morally objectionable policy was China's One Child Policy. But he wasn't concerned about a brutal infringement of natural human rights. He was worried that rich Chinese treated the monetary penalty imposed for violating the policy as a fee, not a fine.

That's like saying the problem with the Nazis was that they put too much nutmeg in their bratwurst.

The other examples that stood out were powerful people paying poor people to stand in line for Congressional hearings for them and cities selling naming rights to stadiums. He never asked why powerful people think it's worth their money to pay to jump the line at hearings or why governments are selling rights to things they never should have built in the first place.

good one

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