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 for the Institute for Liberal Studies.


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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