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Markets alone should not determine our conception of what is desirable

By Rowan Williams   May 2012

Traders on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in a scene from the documentary film “Floored”

What Money Can’t Buy by Michael Sandel (Allen Lane, £20, 26th April)

How Much is Enough? by Robert Skidelsky & Edward Skidelsky (Allen Lane, £20, 19th June)

Should people be paid for donating blood? In the United States, there is a mixed economy of free donation and the sale of blood through commercial blood banks. Predictably, most of the blood that is dealt with on a commercial basis comes from the very poor, including the homeless and the unemployed. The system entails…

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