[lit-ideas] Re: Canadian courts weigh drug-advertising changes...

  • From: "John McCreery" <john.mccreery@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006 22:55:00 +0900

On 6/13/06, John Wager <john.wager1@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

John McCreery wrote:

> In this connection, allow me to recommend Robert Kuttner (1996)
> Everything for Sale: The Virtues and Limits of Markets. Chicago:
> University of Chicago Press.
> Kuttner builds a strong case for distinguishing between markets based
> on the urgency of need and the buyer's ability to make rational
> choices. . . .

What does he say about "education" as a product? It's a paradox: When
one shops for "education," one is shopping for something which, BY
DEFINITION, one is not qualified to shop for.  Of course one can look
for "markers" of education, or
markers of a good producer of education, by looking at rankings of
colleges, but it is precisely because one does not know something that
one is shopping for someone to teach them what they don't know.

Predictably (he is, after all, a liberal economist and currently editor of American Prospect) Kuttner puts education in the category of public goods that should be a matter of right and protected from market forces.



John McCreery
The Word Works, Ltd., Yokohama, JAPAN

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