Monday, 21 May 2012

Thought provoking discussions - money and morality

As I was driving out this morning I stumbled upon a fascinating discussion on Radio 4's 'Start the Week'.  The programme was even more interesting than their web page blurb (see below) conveys . 

...On Start the Week Andrew Marr discusses the relationship between markets and morals with the political philosopher Michael Sandel. In his latest book, What Money Can't Buy, Sandel questions the dominance of the financial markets in our daily lives, in which everything has a price. But the economist Diane Coyle stands up for her much maligned profession, and points to the many benefits of a market economy. The Russian economist Grigory Yavlinksy argues against viewing the world of money as separate from culture and society: he believes the financial crisis was merely a symptom of a wider moral collapse, and that it is time to examine the way we live.

Web link here for more details about the programme's contributors and their publications.  

Sadly it does not look as if the 'listen again' facility is available for this programme, so no listening and digesting the views at our leisure.   

It is however repeated: 

Mon 21 May 2012 21:30 BBC Radio 4

More food for thought on Woman's hour at Link here (The chat fills the 30 - 40 minute time slot in the programme); Icelandic Politician Birgitta Jonsdottir talks of politics, power and freedom of information amongst other things. 

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