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Most civil libertarians favor the repeal of laws against “victimless crimes,” a category generally taken to include prostitution, gambling, homosexuality, and drug abuse. Yet it is unclear whether drug abuse can truly be classified as victimless crime. Even aside from the vast numbers of crimes such as robbery and burglary attributed to drug addicts, which are distinct from the crime of drug abuse, the addiction itself causes great suffering to persons other than the addict. For example, those who care for the addict – his parents, spouse, children, and friends – undoubtedly suffer vicariously as they witness the degeneration and death of the addict. In this respect, drug abuse can scarcely be considered a victimless crime.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument above?

(A) Both prostitution and gambling can also cause vicarious suffering among those close to the person committing the crime.
(B) Drug abuse differs from other crimes in that it is a medical problem as well as a legal and social problem.
(C) Those who are affected vicariously by a crime cannot strictly be described as victims of the crime.
(D) Not all civil liberties agree that all laws related to victimless crimes should be repealed.
(E) Experience shows that attempts to control drug abuse through criminal law have generally been unsuccessful.

Source: LSAT - Harcourt Brace - I/II/#5
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I was stuck between A and C. Went for A. I know C is also a plausible answer but what's wrong with A.
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I was stuck between A and C. Went for A. I know C is also a plausible answer but what's wrong with A.
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Hi sytabish,

I'm happy to help explain why A is wrong. To get us there, we come across how important a clear paraphrase is to improve accuracy.

Paraphrase:
What argument are we trying to weaken? That activities such as drug use and prostitution are not victimless. Those activities DO have victims.

Goal:
Weaken the argument. Find an answer that shows those activities don't cause victims.

Now, here's A: (A) Both prostitution and gambling can also cause vicarious suffering among those close to the person committing the crime.
Notice how A actually helps the notion that those activities DO have victims? (A) actually strengthens the argument? It's what we call a 180 answer---it actually does the opposite of what the question asks for.

(C) Flat out says that the impact of activities such as drug use and prostitution CAN NOT be used to classify a victim. (C) perfectly shuts down this argument. Hence, it's our winner.
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Most civil libertarians favor the repeal of laws against “victimless crimes,” a category generally taken to include prostitution, gambling, homosexuality, and drug abuse. Yet it is unclear whether drug abuse can truly be classified as victimless crime. Even aside from the vast numbers of crimes such as robbery and burglary attributed to drug addicts, which are distinct from the crime of drug abuse, the addiction itself causes great suffering to persons other than the addict. For example, those who care for the addict – his parents, spouse, children, and friends – undoubtedly suffer vicariously as they witness the degeneration and death of the addict. In this respect, drug abuse can scarcely be considered a victimless crime.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument above?

(A) Both prostitution and gambling can also cause vicarious suffering among those close to the person committing the crime.
(B) Drug abuse differs from other crimes in that it is a medical problem as well as a legal and social problem.
(C) Those who are affected vicariously by a crimecannot strictly be described as victims of the crime.
(D) Not all civil liberties agree that all laws related to victimless crimes should be repealed.
(E) Experience shows that attempts to control drug abuse through criminal law have generally been unsuccessful.

Source: LSAT - Harcourt Brace - I/II/#5


I think C is the right answer. although I was stuck with C & E but the questin ask for weakens the arument. In E "Attempts to control & unsuccessful" does not weakens.
on the other hand, C highlight

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Most civil libertarians favor the repeal of laws against “victimless crimes,” a category generally taken to include prostitution, gambling, homosexuality, and drug abuse. Yet it is unclear whether drug abuse can truly be classified as victimless crime. Even aside from the vast numbers of crimes such as robbery and burglary attributed to drug addicts, which are distinct from the crime of drug abuse, the addiction itself causes great suffering to persons other than the addict. For example, those who care for the addict – his parents, spouse, children, and friends – undoubtedly suffer vicariously as they witness the degeneration and death of the addict. In this respect, drug abuse can scarcely be considered a victimless crime.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument above?

(A) Both prostitution and gambling can also cause vicarious suffering among those close to the person committing the crime.
(B) Drug abuse differs from other crimes in that it is a medical problem as well as a legal and social problem.
(C) Those who are affected vicariously by a crime cannot strictly be described as victims of the crime.
(D) Not all civil liberties agree that all laws related to victimless crimes should be repealed.
(E) Experience shows that attempts to control drug abuse through criminal law have generally been unsuccessful.

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