The Costs of Living: How Market Freedom Erodes the Best Things in Life

Barry Schwartz; W.W. Norton and Co. 1994

reviewed by Valerie Grant in Sea of Faith (NZ) Newsletter 23, October 1997

"This book makes a heady contribution to both politics and religion. The author, an American academic (psychologist) describes how 'market freedom has insidiously expanded its reach into domains where it does not belong' -- domains such as the professions (especially medicine and law), sport, relationships, friends and family, and finally democracy itself. By 'market freedom' he means that the most pervasive and persistent measure of them all --- money or profit -- is, or has become, the only measure of value."