Each prohibition has its cruxes. In previous blogposts, we saw that cruxes of polygamy are social imbalance and pre-modernity, whereas the crux of mind drugs is addiction.
The cruxes of sex markets are commodification, stigma, and a complex of coercion, inequality, and discrimination. In this blogpost I focus on commodification, or transformation of goods and services into markets. I’ll cast the net wide, then draw it back to prohibitions.
What is the quarrel with commodification? Bryan Caplan proposes to make sense of politics by a “Simplistic Theory of Right and Left:”
“Leftists are anti-market. [… .] Rightists are anti-leftist.”
At the extreme left, Karl Marx propounds a general critique of commodification. Markets cause objective, manifoldRead More »