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# A law that is not consistently enforced does not serve

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A law that is not consistently enforced does not serve its purpose. Law without enforcement is not law, it is merely stature-a promise of law. To institute real law is not merely to declare that such and such behaviour is forbidden, it is also to punish those who violate that edict. Furthermore, those who enforce law must punish without favour for their friends or malice for their enemies. To punish only those own dislike while forgiving others is not to enforce law but to engage in the arbitrary and unjust exercise of power.

The main point of the passage is that instituting real law consists in

(A) the exercise of power

(B) authorizing the enforcement of punishments

(C) the unbiased punishment of prohibited behaviour

(D) understanding the purpose of law

(E) clearly defining unacceptable behaviour

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02 Apr 2015, 10:32
A law that is not consistently enforced does not serve its purpose. Law without enforcement is not law, it is merely stature-a promise of law. To institute real law is not merely to declare that such and such behaviour is forbidden, it is also to punish those who violate that edict. Furthermore, those who enforce law must punish without favour for their friends or malice for their enemies. To punish only those own dislike while forgiving others is not to enforce law but to engage in the arbitrary and unjust exercise of power.

The main point of the passage is that instituting real law consists in

(A) the exercise of power - No proper justice is served.

(B) authorizing the enforcement of punishments - unbiased is the key word missing here

(C) the unbiased punishment of prohibited behaviour - Perfect.

(D) understanding the purpose of law - No proper unbiased punishment is necessary

(E) clearly defining unacceptable behaviour - and punishing the culprits in an unbiased way
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24 Oct 2017, 13:47
A Law that is not consistently enforced does not serve its purpose. Law without enforcement is not law, it is merely stature-a promise of law. To institute real law is not merely to declare that such and such behaviour is forbidden, it is also to punish those who violate that verdict. Furthermore, those who enforce law must punish without favour for their friends or malice for their enemies. To punish only those own dislike while forgiving others is not to enforce law but to engage in the arbitrary and unjust exercise of power.

The passage/ arguments seeks to claim that a law needs to be enforced and needs to inculcate 2 things: a) Enforcement. i.e, punishment of those who violate. b) Punishment without any form of bias.
This is the main purpose of the passage.

The main point of the passage is that instituting real law consists in

(A) the exercise of power : does not cover the second point

(B) authorizing the enforcement of punishments: covers only the first

(C) the unbiased punishment of prohibited behavior: Covers both. Ok and correct!

(D) understanding the purpose of law: real law does not consist in understanding the purpose but enacting it and that too in an unbiased manner

(E) clearly defining unacceptable behavior: not covered
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19 Feb 2019, 04:44
Main point of the passage should encompass the entire scope of the passage. The passage declares two things things: first that a law is real law if it is enforced in-turn prohibiting unlawful acts and second that the law should be enforced in a fair manner. Hence, the main point of the passage must cover these two points. Choice C correctly encompasses the entire scope of the passage and hence is the correct answer.

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