Since I imagine many of you are staying indoors even more than usual on a winter Saturday due to the nasty weather in the Northeast and Midwest, I though a video double-header would be a welcome distraction.
This presentation by Michael Sandel focuses on the issues raised by having social values framed more and more in a market context. At various points in the talk, Sandel asks for audience members to give reasons for their position on various scenarios he poses. I was stuck by how the ones who spoke up almost without exception had difficulty making a crisp, coherent defense for their point of view. The fact that presumably educated people didn’t seem able to articulate, or possibly even worse, think through their position was almost as troubling as some of the questions posed in the talk.