May you sell your vote? May you sell your kidney? May gay men pay surrogates to bear them children? May spouses pay each other to watch the kids, do the dishes, or have sex? Should we allow the rich to genetically engineer gifted, beautiful children? Should we allow betting markets on terrorist attacks and natural disasters?

Most people shudder at the thought. To put some goods and services for sale offends human dignity. If everything is commodified, then nothing is sacred. The market corrodes our character. Or so most people say.

In Markets without Limits, Jason Brennan and Peter Jaworski give markets a fair hearing. The market does not introduce wrongness where there was not any previously. Thus, the authors claim, the question of what rightfully may be bought and sold has a simple answer: if you may do it for free, you may do it for money. Contrary to the conservative consensus, they claim there are no inherent limits to what can be bought and sold, but only restrictions on how we buy and sell.

part I|41 pages

Should everything be for sale?

part II|41 pages

Do markets signal disrespect?

chapter 5|6 pages

Semiotic Objections

chapter 6|9 pages

The Mere Commodity Objection

chapter 8|10 pages


Semiotic Essentialism and Minding Our Manners

part III|59 pages

Do markets corrupt?

chapter 9|3 pages

The Corruption Objection

chapter 10|6 pages

How to Make a Sound Corruption Objection

chapter 11|8 pages

The Selfishness Objection

chapter 12|16 pages

The Crowding out Objection

chapter 13|8 pages

The Immoral Preference Objection

chapter 14|11 pages

The Low Quality Objection

chapter 15|6 pages

The Civics Objection

part IV|49 pages

Exploitation, harm to self, and misallocation

chapter 16|11 pages

Essential and Incidental Objections

chapter 17|11 pages

Line Up for Expensive Equality!

chapter 18|14 pages

Baby Buying

chapter 19|12 pages

Vote Selling

part V|32 pages

Debunking intuitions

chapter 20|4 pages

Anti-Market Attitudes are Resilient

chapter 21|8 pages

Where do Anti-Market Attitudes Come From?

chapter 22|15 pages

The Pseudo-Morality of Disgust

chapter 23|4 pages