Does the free market corrode moral character?

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Videos
  • Jagdish Bhagwati
  • Tyler Cowen
  • Qinglian He
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Kay Hymowitz
  • Bernard-Henri Levi
  • Michael Novak
  • Rick Santorum
  • Michael Walzer
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A conversation with Bhagwati, Gray, and Lévy
moderated by the BBC's Stephanie Flanders.

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  Jagdish BhagwatiTo the contrary.
Jagdish Bhagwati is University Professor of economics and law at Columbia University, senior fellow for international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, and the author of In Defense of Globalization. He writes widely on public policy and international trade.

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John GrayIt depends.
John Gray is emeritus professor at the London School of Economics. Among his recent books are False Dawn: The Delusions of Global Capitalism (Granta) and Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia (Penguin).

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Garry KasparovYes, but...
Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov is a leader of the pro-democracy coalition The Other Russia. He is the author of a book on decision-making, How Life Imitates Chess, and speaks to business audiences worldwide. He lives in Moscow.

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Qinglian HeNo.
Qinglian He is a Chinese economist and a former senior editor of the Shenzhen Legal Daily. She is the author of The Pitfalls of Modernization: The Economic and Social Problems of Contemporary China and The Fog of Censorship: Media Control in China.

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Michael WalzerOf course it does.
Michael Walzer is professor emeritus in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. He is a contributing editor of the New Republic, co-editor of Dissent, and the author, most recently, of Thinking Politically.

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Michael NovakNo! And, well, yes.
Michael Novak is the George Frederick Jewett Scholar in Religion, Philosophy, and Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute. His more than twenty-five books include The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism and, most recently, No One Sees God.

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Bernard-Henri LévyCertainly. Or does it?
Bernard-Henri Lévy, the French philosopher, has written more than thirty books, including the New York Times bestseller American Vertigo (2006) and, most recently, Left in Dark Times: A Stand Against the New Barbarism (2008), both published by Random House.

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Kay S. HymowitzYes, too often.
Kay S. Hymowitz is the William E. Simon Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor at City Journal. Her most recent book is Marriage and Caste in America: Separate and Unequal Families in a Post-Marital Age.

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Tyler CowenNo, on balance.
Tyler Cowen is Holbert C. Harris Professor of Economics and director of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His latest book is Discover Your Inner Economist, and he blogs at www.marginalrevolution.com.

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Robert B. ReichWe'd rather not know.
Robert B. Reich is professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has published twelve books on public policy and has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton.

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Ayaan Hirsi AliNot at all.
Born in Somalia, Ayaan Hirsi Ali emigrated in 1992 to the Netherlands, where she served as a member of parliament from 2003 to 2006. She is the author of the bestseller Infidel and a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

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John C. BogleIt all depends.
John C. Bogle is founder and former CEO of Vanguard and president of the Bogle Financial Markets Research Center. His many books include The Little Book of Common Sense Investing and Enough: True Measures of Money, Business, and Life, which will be published this fall.

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Rick SantorumNo.
Rick Santorum, a U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2007 and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 1995, contributes a twice-monthly column to the Philadelphia Inquirer and is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.

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