How much for that kidney in the window?

Start Saturday, March 22, 2014 3:00 PM

End Saturday, March 22, 2014 4:15 PM

Do markets make us care less about important topics? Can interacting through markets actually make us care more about each other?

On March 22, 2014, Big Ideas Live! host Janet Neilson spoke with Dr. Peter Jaworski of Georgetown University about whether we should be able to sell kidneys and puppies, and how markets matter when it comes to morality.




Check out resources below to learn: 

  • Why some people worry how buying and selling impacts human dignity

  • How to better engage others in talking and thinking about difficult economic issues

  • How markets can help people cooperate better and foster peace


Here is a lecture on this topic by Dr. Jaworski given at The Cato Institute.


This event tackled issues of markets and morality. To learn more,  explore FEE's library on morality!

Related material:

Dr. Jaworski's Presentation Slides

From The Freeman: End the War on Kidneys

A Cato Daily Podcast on the legal kidney market that already exists in Iran.

Dr. Jaworski's article in Huffington Post Canada: What if You Could Save 250 Lives By Feeling a Little Disgusted?

From How to Keep 30 People from Dying Every Day

To keep up with news on Dr. Jaworski's forthcoming book Markets Without Limits, follow its page on Facebook



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December 2014

Unfortunately, educating people about phenomena that are counterintuitive, not-so-easy to remember, and suggest our individual lack of human control (for starters) can seem like an uphill battle in the war of ideas. So we sally forth into a kind of wilderness, an economic fairyland. We are myth busters in a world where people crave myths more than reality. Why do they so readily embrace untruth? Primarily because the immediate costs of doing so are so low and the psychic benefits are so high.
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