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Here's an interesting article on the economics of repugnance. As Sally Satel (and her donor, Virginia Postrel) have pointed out, an unwillingness to allow a market in kidneys is murdering thousands every year, to help ease the stomach of so-called biomedical "ethicists."

Note to Leon Kass, and others: the "yuck" factor, like all emotions, should be viewed as suggestions, not commands.


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Sam Dinkin wrote:

On one kidney, there are reasonable arguments about not having slavery be legal that do not turn on the "yuck" factor. On the other kidney, a cash market for one's first kidney donation, with decent regulation, could have substantially less abuse per sale than, say, the market for cars.

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