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# Policy Adviser: Freedom of speech is not only a

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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 forcing citizens to disseminate their thoughts in secret.

Which one of the following, if true, would most strengthen the argument?

(A) Most citizens would tolerate some limits on freedom of speech

(B) With or without a policy of freedom of speech, governments respond to dangerous ideas irrationally

(C) Freedom of religion and freedom of assembly are also basic human rights than governments must recognize

(D) Governments are less likely to be overthrown if they openly adopt a policy allowing freedom of speech

(E) Great ideas have flourished in societies that repress free speech as often as in those that permit it

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29 Mar 2015, 22:47
souvik101990 wrote:
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 forcing citizens to disseminate their thoughts in secret.

Which one of the following, if true, would most strengthen the argument?

(A) Most citizens would tolerate some limits on freedom of speech

(B) With or without a policy of freedom of speech, governments respond to dangerous ideas irrationally

(C) Freedom of religion and freedom of assembly are also basic human rights than governments must recognize

(D) Governments are less likely to be overthrown if they openly adopt a policy allowing freedom of speech

(E) Great ideas have flourished in societies that repress free speech as often as in those that permit it

Conclusion: Freedom of speech is not only a basic human right, it is also the only rational policy for this government to adopt. -> take away : Government should adopt.

And then : When ideas are openly aired good idea flourish, silly proposals are easily recognized as such, and dangerous ideas can be responded to by forcing citizens to disseminate their thoughts in secret. > Here what I understood is -> Good idea flourishes, and dangerous one will be shared secretly.

Tried finding bridge between them. > Link is needed between government and ideas...

Here we have the options:

(A) Most citizens would tolerate some limits on freedom of speech > Does it impacting, I find it a bit because of giving support to "dangerous ideas can be responded to by forcing citizens to disseminate their thoughts in secret". Here it is likely that citizens would tolerate the limits. But still a gap is there between Government and ideas.

(B) With or without a policy of freedom of speech, governments respond to dangerous ideas irrationally. > Not relevant, as freedom of speech is main point.

(C) Freedom of religion and freedom of assembly are also basic human rights than governments must recognize > Providing no support to argument, also by bringing freedom of religion, it is diverting the argument.

(D) Governments are less likely to be overthrown if they openly adopt a policy allowing freedom of speech > Government called into picture, Mentioned in argument: freedom of speech is reasoned policy that government should adopt. Choice says, if they do it, then they will not be overthrown. So giving better support to conclusion then A. .

(E) Great ideas have flourished in societies that repress free speech as often as in those that permit it[/quote]great idea flourishes in societies that donot support free speech as often as those permit. It is weaking the argument.

So D appears to be correct
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30 Mar 2015, 19:31
souvik101990 wrote:
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 forcing citizens to disseminate their thoughts in secret.

Which one of the following, if true, would most strengthen the argument?

(A) Most citizens would tolerate some limits on freedom of speech

(B) With or without a policy of freedom of speech, governments respond to dangerous ideas irrationally

(C) Freedom of religion and freedom of assembly are also basic human rights than governments must recognize

(D) Governments are less likely to be overthrown if they openly adopt a policy allowing freedom of speech

(E) Great ideas have flourished in societies that repress free speech as often as in those that permit it

I fell into the trap of thinking that "ideas flourish blablabla" was the conclusion of the argument, but "freedom of speech is the only rational policy for this government to adopt" is the argument. Therefore D most supports this argument. Oops.

Note to self: remember to be sure of the statement/argument of the passage before attempting to strengthen or weaken it..
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01 Jan 2016, 19:29
souvik101990 wrote:
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 forcing citizens to disseminate their thoughts in secret.

I arrived at D by POE.
the conclusion here: FOS - basic human right and ONLY RATIONAL policy for the government to adopt.
to strengthen, we can say that people know how to differentiate good from bad or that this rational adaptation will benefit the government.

Which one of the following, if true, would most strengthen the argument?

(A) Most citizens would tolerate some limits on freedom of speech
this one weakens actually the conclusion. it says that people would actually tolerate limits.

(B) With or without a policy of freedom of speech, governments respond to dangerous ideas irrationally
how government responds - is irrelevant.

(C) Freedom of religion and freedom of assembly are also basic human rights than governments must recognize
freedom of religion and of assembly are out of scope.

(D) Governments are less likely to be overthrown if they openly adopt a policy allowing freedom of speech
well, here's something good why the government should allow freedom of speech.

(E) Great ideas have flourished in societies that repress free speech as often as in those that permit it
this one actually weakens the conclusion.
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01 Dec 2017, 11:46
Aristole's got some great stuff..and great tips for beginning one's GMAT journey..but this is a horrible horrible question.

What's the CONCLUSION here?

- Freedom of speech is the ONLY rational policy?
- Government should adopt rational policies thus Freedom of Speech?

Both of the cases above, the key word is *rational* and the argument goes on to explain why why Freedom of Speech is rational/good.
This means to strengthen the argument we are looking for anything that can fill the gaps:

- Mitigate Freedom of speech's bad sides
- Why government shouldn't adopt irrational policies
- Why this government shouldn't adopt other rational policies
- Government should only adopt policies that are basic human rights..

(D) Governments are less likely to be overthrown if they openly adopt a policy allowing freedom of speech
The correct answer talks about overthrown..which is not at all discussed in the argument nor is it an issue that can be inferred. I would actually argue that rational vs. stay in office are actually slightly contrasting goals. We have see this all too often from history, the most hipster, most hope-seeking, the most people-pleasing policy are always adopted first to secure a position in office. Are any of these in the rational category? ........Very rarely.
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