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Sandel (2012) states that “a market society is a way of life in which market values seep into every aspect of human endeavor. It’s a place where social relations are made over in the image of the market.” Suggesting that our global economic market, the place we enter to exchange goods and services plays a huge role in determining the social consciousness of the people who enter. Examining and defining the values of the people who interact in the market. We are becoming a value-based society, willing to buy and sell anything to obtain our basic needs, or any other desired convenience. Where nothing is priceless, and for the “right” price, anything is possible, the market does more than predict cost, it predicts value. The value people place on things and the value people place on one another. These values are evident in our governing system. Money runs American politics (Frank, 2012). Campaign spending, and ethical and moral managing of funds in political races dates back to the 18th century. However, without the influence and power money brings to politics, we would not have the technological advances and comforts we have grown accustom. The ugly truth is we, as a society, battle daily with valuing conveniences over moral obligations, and money offers us a solution to that conflict. Through independent expenditure only committees or Super PACs, (extremely wealthy) private citizens’ help shape and mold our country. As long as they remain “independent”, Super Pac’s can spend and raise oceanic amounts of cash in support of a candidate or any ideology they want to see broadcasted to the masses (Frank, 2012). This type of financial influence in our governing system depicts how money has no limit, and can shape who runs our nation, wh... ... middle of paper ... ...ive contentions because enacted policy attacks the integrity of the profession as a whole (Cain & Detsky, 2008). This type of unspoken law, seen much clearly in the sports arena, shows how money is the only equalizer for individuals motivated by self-interest. For example, the presume notion is that playing professional sports is a dream come true. You make millions of dollars and spend all day playing the sport you love, all reward with no risk. However, this is the ideology of self-interest, or value based thinking. To see the value gained, instead of the opportunity lost. For some athletes, the opportunities lost, such as declining health, are not worth the monetary value gained (Belson, 2013). For some athletes, considered crazy by many, walking away from a lot of money shows characteristic of being weak and naive, instead of strong and empowered (Belson, 2013).

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