On where the market ends
Michael Sandel once penned a book, named "What Money Can't Buy". In it, he makes the argument that the introduction of money and the market into particular spheres would inevitably corrode the integrity of the field – whether it be in engendering inequality amongst those who utilise the goods and services in question, denaturing (through instrumentalisation and the logic of quantification) its inherent substance, or in propagating particular values that – pace Sandel – are to the detriment of a sound, civic sphere.
Whilst I fundamentally disagree with Sandel on questions concerning perfectionism and what constitutes the ideal, good life – as well as, of course, his views on communitarianism (which strike me as more circular in reasoning than King Arthur's round table), there are certainly a few points on which we converge. One of them, of course, is the view that money could well be a corrupting force where it ought not take root, and ought not manifest. ...