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.
20. 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 wonder where can I find these uber complex LSAT questions!!!
Why "C" might be correct:
Moral Ideal: Freedom of speech.
Self-interest: Benefits gained by incorporating it as a policy.
A: This is a roller coaster statement which made my head spin. Now I know why these lawyers are so highly paid. So, the idea (freedom of speech) flourishes when free speech is allowed. Isn't it that good idea flourish and not the idea of freedom of speech itself. Phew!!!
B: True to an extent. I would strike out for using the word respect.
C: Explained above.
D: No negative aspect about suppressing the truth is mentioned. Moreover, an idea may not always be categorized as truth or lie.
E: This may remotely be an inference but not main point.
By the way; I chose "A" after struggling for 2.5 mins and not finding any option convincing to my line of thoughts.