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# The function of government is to satisfy the genuine wants

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The function of government is to satisfy the genuine wants of the masses, and government cannot satisfy those wants unless it is informed about what those wants are. Freedom of speech ensures that such information will reach the ears of government officials. Therefore, freedom of speech is indispensable for a healthy state.
Which one of the following, if true, would NOT undermine the conclusion of the argument?
(A) People most often do not know what they genuinely want.
(B) Freedom of speech tends ultimately to undermine social order, and social order is a prerequisite for satisfying the wants of the masses.
(C) The proper function of government is not to satisfy wants, but to provide equality of opportunity.
(D) Freedom of speech is not sufficient for satisfying the wants of the masses: social order is necessary as well.
(E) Rulers already know what the people want.
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23 Nov 2009, 19:28
Abhishek.pitti wrote:
The function of government is to satisfy the genuine wants of the masses, and government cannot satisfy those wants unless it is informed about what those wants are. Freedom of speech ensures that such information will reach the ears of government officials. Therefore, freedom of speech is indispensable for a healthy state.
Which one of the following, if true, would NOT undermine the conclusion of the argument?
(A) People most often do not know what they genuinely want.If people do not know what they want then freedom of speech is useless for them and hence this option undermines the conclusion
(B) Freedom of speech tends ultimately to undermine social order, and social order is a prerequisite for satisfying the wants of the masses. Here it says social order is more important then freedom of speech and hence undermines the conclusion
(C) The proper function of government is not to satisfy wants, but to provide equality of opportunity. This option attacks to premise "The function of government is to satisfy the genuine wants of the masses" and hence weakens the argument.

(D) Freedom of speech is not sufficient for satisfying the wants of the masses: social order is necessary as well. It introduces one more element "social order", in addition to freedom of speech, indispensable for healthy state but doesn't deny that freedom of speech is necessary; this option neither weakens nor strengthens the conclusion. Go for it.
(E) Rulers already know what the people want. If rulers already know what the people want then they don't know any other function to determine this, again weakens the argument

I would go for D.

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23 Nov 2009, 19:30
D is correct but y D is my question??
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23 Nov 2009, 19:54
Abhishek.pitti wrote:
D is correct but y D is my question??

Please check the explanation above and let me know if I am wrong.

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23 Nov 2009, 20:33
oops! sorry i dn notice the explanantion....hmm make sense....first time I thought D weakens as it introduces second factor...Interesting.

good one!
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24 Nov 2009, 21:16
Agree with D.
D provides an additional factor so it neither strenghthen or weaken.
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