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Raj Patel, author of "The Value of Nothing : Why Everything Costs So Much More Than We Think". Phone-in : "In our society, are there things more important than price ?"

"Free cellphone with our 3-year plan." "Six months free digital cable if you switch to us." "No money down, no payments until 2011."
Every day, we swim through an ocean of tempting commercial offers, like fish looking at tasty morsels dangling from lines. And even when we know from experience that there's a hook in that bait, a complex set of  wants, needs, emotions and calculations can make us bite something that.
But what's missing in those low-price or even "free" come-ons ?
Raj Patel has explored both the almost mystical role that "price" has played in society and the things that aren't taken into account when we make judgments based on the so-called "sticker price" of everything from cheap food to flat-screen TVs.
On the other side of the ledger, he looks at the value of unpaid work and of rediscovering the idea of "the commons".
Dr Patel is the author of "The Value of Nothing : Why Everything Costs So Much More Than We Think". Our question : "In our society, are there things more important than price ?"
 
 
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