“In Santa Barbara, California, an inmate dissatisfied with his jail cell can now purchase an upgrade for $82 a night. In North Carolina, the non-profit Project Prevention offers drug-addicted women $300 to be sterilized. In Switzerland, the government recently considered offering residents of a small community $2,000 per year to allow a nuclear waste site to be built nearby. These and other examples colored Harvard professor Michael Sandel’s query to the crowd at the Institute’s Ideas Festival—are some things too sacred to be sold, and if so, what do we lose when we sell them?”
For more, read Elizabeth’s article in The Aspen Idea.