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Corporate Spokesperson: There has been much ado about the lack of global corporate responsibility, but most of the harm done was incidental: corporations were in the historically unprecedented position of having substantial wealth and reach without having any of the obligations of the traditional state. This will soon change, however, as more than 50 international corporations this year enjoyed sales in excess of the GDP of 60% of the world’s countries.

Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the spokesperson’s argument?

(A) Enjoying financial resources equal to or greater than those of the traditional sovereign state does not necessarily entail an acceptance of the obligations traditionally accepted by such a state.

(B) Corporate revenue and influence is expected to increase in the years to come.

(C) Many corporations are among the world’s top employers.

(D) Many corporations are among the world’s top polluters.

(E) Most of the 50 corporations mentioned are expected to see significant decreases in sales as a result of a recent international recession.

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Corporate Spokesperson: There has been much ado about the lack of global corporate responsibility, but most of the harm done was incidental: corporations were in the historically unprecedented position of having substantial wealth and reach without having any of the obligations of the traditional state. This will soon change, however, as more than 50 international corporations this year enjoyed sales in excess of the GDP of 60% of the world’s countries.

Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the spokesperson’s argument?

a) Enjoying financial resources equal to or greater than those of the traditional sovereign state does not necessarily entail an acceptance of the obligations traditionally accepted by such a state.

b) Corporate revenue and influence is expected to increase in the years to come.

c) Many corporations are among the world’s top employers.

d) Many corporations are among the world’s top polluters.

e) Most of the 50 corporations mentioned are expected to see significant decreases in sales as a result of a recent international recession.

Argument:

Global corporates have been irresponsible because they had substantial wealth and no obligations of the traditional state.
This will soon change because many corporations this year enjoyed sales in excess of the GDP of 60% of the world’s countries.

The spokesperson is implying that since the sales were in excess of GDP, the corporates will take obligations of the State. The problem is, how can we say that the corporates will be willing be accept the responsibilities of the states since their earnings increase the GDP of states. They may still choose to not take the States' obligations. This is what option (A) tells you.
a) Enjoying financial resources equal to or greater than those of the traditional sovereign state does not necessarily entail an acceptance of the obligations traditionally accepted by such a state.
The corporates may not necessarily accept the obligations accepted by the State just because they earn more than the State.

This weakens the argument of the spokesperson.

(E) Most of the 50 corporations mentioned are expected to see significant decreases in sales as a result of a recent international recession.

What is expected to happen next year is immaterial. This year, their sales were more than GDP so they are expected to take responsibility. What may happen in the future is conjecture and doesn't change the expectations from the corporation based on what has actually happened.

(A) is a much stronger answer than (E).
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13 Feb 2015, 06:19
Thanks a lot for this.........

I think , in this passage .......
People think Corporation doesn't like to change the economy, means they have lack of responsibility.......

But, in the last part .........sales in excess of the GDP of 60% of the world’s countries........
So, the answer would be (A)
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10 Sep 2015, 12:01
This question doesn't seem to be like the ones in GMAT. I thought in that way as assumption is too way far with the rest of the passage. Is this anywhere we studied or have seen previously - just because the corporations earn more than GDPs of 60% of world countries. If there is any hypothetical relation between sales and GDP of the state, then GDP should have been of the state's. Why did spokesperson mentioned other countries ? Question is not up to GMAT mark.
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This question doesn't seem to be like the ones in GMAT. I thought in that way as assumption is too way far with the rest of the passage. Is this anywhere we studied or have seen previously - just because the corporations earn more than GDPs of 60% of world countries. If there is any hypothetical relation between sales and GDP of the state, then GDP should have been of the state's. Why did spokesperson mentioned other countries ? Question is not up to GMAT mark.

Actually, the question is fine. CR arguments are not supposed to be perfect. There has to be scope for improvement (strengthen/weaken) or an assumption. The argument gives the author's opinion and an author's opinion may be based on facts entangled with his own assumptions. You need to identify those assumptions/gaps. It is certainly not far fetched to assume that a huge corporate with sales more than GDP of many countries should have social obligations. In fact, CSR and responsible business are in focus nowadays.
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aashu4uiit wrote:
Corporate Spokesperson: There has been much ado about the lack of global corporate responsibility, but most of the harm done was incidental: corporations were in the historically unprecedented position of having substantial wealth and reach without having any of the obligations of the traditional state. This will soon change, however, as more than 50 international corporations this year enjoyed sales in excess of the GDP of 60% of the world’s countries.

Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the spokesperson’s argument?

a) Enjoying financial resources equal to or greater than those of the traditional sovereign state does not necessarily entail an acceptance of the obligations traditionally accepted by such a state.

b) Corporate revenue and influence is expected to increase in the years to come.

c) Many corporations are among the world’s top employers.

d) Many corporations are among the world’s top polluters.

e) Most of the 50 corporations mentioned are expected to see significant decreases in sales as a result of a recent international recession.

Argument:

Global corporates have been irresponsible because they had substantial wealth and no obligations of the traditional state.
This will soon change because many corporations this year enjoyed sales in excess of the GDP of 60% of the world’s countries.

The spokesperson is implying that since the sales were in excess of GDP, the corporates will take obligations of the State. The problem is, how can we say that the corporates will be willing be accept the responsibilities of the states since their earnings increase the GDP of states. They may still choose to not take the States' obligations. This is what option (A) tells you.
a) Enjoying financial resources equal to or greater than those of the traditional sovereign state does not necessarily entail an acceptance of the obligations traditionally accepted by such a state.
The corporates may not necessarily accept the obligations accepted by the State just because they earn more than the State.

This weakens the argument of the spokesperson.

(E) Most of the 50 corporations mentioned are expected to see significant decreases in sales as a result of a recent international recession.

What is expected to happen next year is immaterial. This year, their sales were more than GDP so they are expected to take responsibility. What may happen in the future is conjecture and doesn't change the expectations from the corporation based on what has actually happened.

(A) is a much stronger answer than (E).

Would this be classified as a change of scope article?
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