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# Claim: Country Xs government lowered tariff barriers because

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Claim: Country Xs government lowered tariff barriers because doing so served the interests of powerful foreign companies.
Principle: In order for a change to be explained by the advantage some person or group gained from it, it must be shown how the interests of the person or group played a role in bringing about the change.
Which one of the following, if true, can most logically serve as a premise for an argument that uses the principle to counter the claim?

A. Foreign companies did benefit when Country X lowered tariff barriers, but consumers in Country X benefited just as much.

B. In the period since tariff barriers were lowered, price competition among importers has severely limited importers profits from selling foreign companies products in Country X.

C. It was impossible to predict how Country Xs economic reforms, which included lowering tariff barriers, would affect the economy in the short term.

D. Many of the foreign companies that benefited from Country Xs lowering tariff barriers compete fiercely among themselves both in Country X and in other markets.

E. Although foreign companies benefited when Country X lowered tariff barriers, there is no other evidence that these foreign companies induced the change.
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05 Oct 2006, 07:46
mailtheguru wrote:
Claim: Country Xs government lowered tariff barriers because doing so served the interests of powerful foreign companies.
Principle: In order for a change to be explained by the advantage some person or group gained from it, it must be shown how the interests of the person or group played a role in bringing about the change.
Which one of the following, if true, can most logically serve as a premise for an argument that uses the principle to counter the claim?

E. Although foreign companies benefited when Country X lowered tariff barriers, there is no other evidence that these foreign companies induced the change.

The principle's point: in order to be qualified for some advantage brought out by a change, the entity must be the one who induces that change.

--->The principle counters the claim by assuming what E is about.

E it is.
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05 Oct 2006, 07:53
I too will go with E.
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05 Oct 2006, 13:37
Vote for E
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05 Oct 2006, 13:37
Mine is E
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05 Oct 2006, 16:36
Another one for E.

Claim: tarriff barriers were lowered to serve the interests of foreign companies

Principle: To justify a change that would serve the interests of a group, it needs to be shown that the group's interest necessitated the change.

E says that there is no evidence to support the claim that the interests of foreign companies induced the lowering of tarriffs. Hence this premise supports the principle to counter the claim.
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05 Oct 2006, 17:38
E looks good.
05 Oct 2006, 17:38
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