Morals and markets

Sandel plugging his latest. The journalist’s quote below has much resonance to me.

Even to a toddler’s mind, the logic of the transaction was evidently clear – if he had to be bribed, then the potty couldn’t be a good idea – and within a week he had grown so suspicious and upset that we had to abandon the whole enterprise.


Hayek and the “Use of Knowledge in Society”

Here is a draft of my entry for the SAGE Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Social Sciences.

Humanitarian Aid for the Mind


My dear cultured, well-read, empathetic and sophisticated readers,

On occasion I’ve brought your attention to the work of the Sabre Foundation. If like me you believe that access to educational materials is critical to repairing the mutilated civil condition in areas of the world that have, for one reason or another, been traumatized –  then please consider making your seasonal philanthropic activities with Sabre in mind – your $100 delivers $3,000 worth of books – now that’s a big bang for the buck. The books are NEW and are chosen by local NGO partners – Sabre doesn’t just send anything out. Sabre’s 2008 successes have included work in three of the most troubled areas of the world:

1.  getting almost 160,000 books into Iraq – YES, IRAQ! – see detailed Iraq report.

2. Civil war-torn Sierra Leone – see detailed report.

3. Rwanda.

For more on these stories, see Sabre’s Fall Update. And if you feel motivated to assist in these great programs, go online and make a donation to Sabre.