10 Oct 2013
We have drifted from a market economy to a market society and one of its most corrosive effects is un-commonality, argues Harvard academic, Michael Sandel.
Those who are affluent and those who have modest means lead separate lives. This isn't good for democracy. Democracy doesn’t require perfect equality, but what it does require is that citizens share in a common life. What matters is that people of different social backgrounds encounter one another in the ordinary course of life because this is what teaches us to negotiate and to abide our differences. And this is how we come to care for the common good.
Sandel teaches political philosophy at Harvard.