In the original posting of this video on Naked Capitalism, reference was made to the lack of coherent and distinctive thought by some of the attending participants. I think this is an important observation. If there is one thing that I am trying to teach my children, or mentor with my colleagues, is to know why decisions are being made. Specifically, I am less concerned with the decision itself, and much more interested in why any one particular choice has been made.
Much like Yves comment in the NC Intro, in my experience, respondents to the simple question of why also have little depth to why they are making particular choices. Even to the extent that they are confounded when they realize what might have been shaping their decisions as we probe in more detail. Independent critical thought in general is lacking - and I believe this is an outcome to developing a modern society where being accountable is less priority that the economic value. Regulation. Societal hierarchy. It's someone else's responsibility. Or in the matter of a market, with a buyer, a seller, and a price, what is it worth to you? Economics trumps all.
The history of economics included that economics was intended to be the value neutral science. In reality economics in an of itself has become the only value of value to include in any analysis. As Dr. Sandel states, what values are at stake with any particular decision regarding the setting of society's priority of values?
Economic value has brought vastly improved standards of living across so many different planes, so of course it is important. But has economic value been elevated in value priority to the detriment of other (possibly equally or more important) values? Can we better understand the values we prioritize with complete transparency to the externalities and unintended consequences?
Dr. Sandel referred to much of the current public discourse being centered on technochratic managerial thinking. He believes we need to reconnect with the bigger questions in economic circles. Where and where not do we want 'markets'. We need to develop a keener sense of the price we pay for the market driven society. I agree.