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What Should Not be Bought and Sold?

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————-Illustrasjon: Øystein Eiksund————-

While most of us have no objections to things such as pets, books, and childcare being bought and sold, many feel uncomfortable when it comes to pregnancies and sexual services. When we consider the buying and selling of friendships, babies, human organs, and political votes, the vast majority would say that a line has been crossed. But where do we draw the line? And how do we determine that? Those are pressing ethical questions, for how we understand and delimit markets has a profound impact on society, and as technological development advances, more and more things become potential commodities.

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