Daraprim and the Morality of Healthcare Markets

The recent story about Turing Pharmaceuticals purchasing the rights to Daraprim - a uniquely effective¬†drug for a particular parasitic infection that is especially important for people with compromised immune systems (i.e. those with diseases like AIDS) - and raising the cost from $13.50 to $750 per pill is illustrative of, as Michael Sandel would say, … Continue reading Daraprim and the Morality of Healthcare Markets

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David Brooks, the Pope, and Capitalism

David Brooks' most recent column about Pope Francis' eco-encyclical operates as an apologetic for neoliberal economics with a most troubling, yet predicable,¬†rebuttal. To top it off, Brooks maintains a dismissive attitude throughout much of the piece. For example, he begins by claiming the Pope overstates the severity of the situation which results in "too many … Continue reading David Brooks, the Pope, and Capitalism

The Absurdity of Amoral Positions: The Ethics of Libertarianism

Libertarians (Rand Paul is a perfect example of this) often claim an ethically neutral position when implementing their neo-liberal policies. Either by direct plan or consequence of it (does it really matter?), these policies most often minimize access to and defund public services, deplete public education, etc. - things which disproportionately affect lower income, non-white … Continue reading The Absurdity of Amoral Positions: The Ethics of Libertarianism