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Policy Adviser: Freedom of speech is not only a basic human right; it is also the only rational policy for this government to adopt. When ideas are openly aired, good idea flourish, silly proposals are easily recognized as such, and dangerous ideas can be responded to by rational argument. Nothing is ever gained by forcing citizens to disseminate their thoughts in secret.

The policy adviser’s method of persuasion, in recommending a policy of free speech to the government, is best described by which one of the following?

(A) a circular justification of the idea of free speech as an idea that flourishes when free speech is allowed
(B) advocating respect for basic rights of citizens for its own sake
(C) a coupling of moral ideals with self-interest
(D) a warning about the difficulty of suppressing the truth
(E) a description of an ideal situation that cannot realistically be achieved
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New post 23 Aug 2007, 20:05
Between A and C, I would choose C.
A is talking about "circular justification" but we have clear premises:
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"When ideas are openly aired, good idea flourish....."

so we do not have any circular justification in the passage.

In C:

"moral ideals" :

When ideas are openly aired, good idea flourish, silly proposals are easily recognized as such, and dangerous ideas can be responded to by rational argument. Nothing is ever gained by forcing citizens to disseminate their thoughts in secret.

"self-interest":

it is also the only rational policy for this government to adopt

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New post 25 Aug 2007, 09:49
I will go with A. whats the OA
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New post 25 Aug 2007, 11:03
In the first sentence "Freedom of speech is not only a basic human right; it is also the only rational policy", the first clause talks about moral human right and second clause talks about a rational policy. So C is the best option.

The argument is clear and to the point. So A is out as it is in no way circular.

B is correct but not enough as not only the basic rights of citizens are discussed.

D is out because no truth and lies is discussed. Its an opinion that is expressed

E is out because the argument never discusses about the possibility of not realistically achieving it. On the other hand, its optimistic.
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New post 25 Aug 2007, 17:37
Initially thought it was A as well...but after reading the explanations, C does make more sense.
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New post 25 Aug 2007, 20:04
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Policy Adviser: Freedom of speech is not only a basic human right; it is also the only rational policy for this government to adopt. When ideas are openly aired, good idea flourish, silly proposals are easily recognized as such, and dangerous ideas can be responded to by rational argument. Nothing is ever gained by forcing citizens to disseminate their thoughts in secret.

The policy adviser’s method of persuasion, in recommending a policy of free speech to the government, is best described by which one of the following?

(A) a circular justification of the idea of free speech as an idea that flourishes when free speech is allowed
(B) advocating respect for basic rights of citizens for its own sake
(C) a coupling of moral ideals with self-interest
(D) a warning about the difficulty of suppressing the truth
(E) a description of an ideal situation that cannot realistically be achieved

I'll go with B here. C is out as there is no talk of "moral ideals". It is just asking the citizens to respect a basic right for their own good.
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OA is C.
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New post 26 Aug 2007, 23:17
Fistail wrote:
OA is C.


was there any explanation?
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ioiio wrote:
Fistail wrote:
OA is C.


was there any explanation?


only OA no OE.
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Policy Adviser: Freedom of speech is not only a basic human right; it is also the only rational policy for this government to adopt.


I know it's a CR question..........but is it grammatically correct??

not only ........without but also

and is the semicolon properly placed???
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which apart of the stimuli serves as self-interest?
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New post 15 Oct 2016, 00:36
YangYichen I found a convincing explanation to your question. So, thought that I should post it here.

I think the "moral ideals" refers to the "basic human right" segment. It seems like the self-interest is the self-interest of the government, having to do with the "good ideas flourishing, and the silly and dangerous ideas being dismissed or responded to," rather than the personal self-interest of the analyst himself.
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Keats wrote:
YangYichen I found a convincing explanation to your question. So, thought that I should post it here.

I think the "moral ideals" refers to the "basic human right" segment. It seems like the self-interest is the self-interest of the government, having to do with the "good ideas flourishing, and the silly and dangerous ideas being dismissed or responded to," rather than the personal self-interest of the analyst himself.

got u~ thx a lot! I just ascribe all "good ideas flourishing, and the silly and dangerous ideas being dismissed or responded to," to the basic human right :wink:
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