Tag: commerce

Port of Baltimore Named ‘Most Productive’ in the Country


The Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore is the most productive of all the shipping container ports in the land, according to one logistics-focused publication.

Maryland’s Week-Long Tax Holiday Begins Sunday


Consider it a state-wide 5.66 percent off sale. From August 12 to August 18, the state will take a break from collecting its 6 percent sales tax on all clothing and footwear. Well, except for handbags, watches, handkerchiefs, umbrellas, scarves, ties, headbands, belt buckles, backpacks, protective clothing and footwear, aprons, baby bibs, scuba gear, wigs, and anything over $100.

Harvard Prof Explores the “Skyboxification of American Life” Tomorrow at Goucher

Michael Sandel


Harvard Professor Michael Sandel will address one of the biggest ethical questions of our time: Isn’t there something wrong with a world in which everything is for sale?

Goucher College’s Roxana Cannon Arsht ’35 Center for Ethics and Leadership presents tomorrow a lecture by Professor Sandel whose new book, “What Money Can’t Buy,” explores the ethics of commercialism. The talk takes place in the Hyman Forum of the Athenaeum at Goucher from 8 – 9:30 p.m. and a book sale and signing will follow. The event is open to the public, but reservations must be made in advance online or by calling 410-337-6333.

See the event listing in Baltimore Fishbowl Events

Here is an excerpt from “What Money Can’t Buy” by Michael Sandel that was printed in yesterday’s Huffington Post:

We live at a time when almost everything can be bought and sold. Over the past three decades, markets — and market values — have come to govern our lives as never before. We did not arrive at this condition through any deliberate choice. It is almost as if it came upon us.

As the cold war ended, markets and market thinking enjoyed unrivaled prestige, understandably so. No other mechanism for organizing the production and distribution of goods had proven as successful at generating affluence and prosperity. And yet, even as growing numbers of countries around the world embraced market mechanisms in