QUESTION TEXT: Prime minister: Our nation’s government should…
QUESTION TYPE: Paradox
- All people are equal.
- Yet it’s somehow more important to satisfy the people of our country.
ANALYSIS: This is both a paradox question and a principle question. We only know the two things above.
The only way to resolve this dilemma is to have a principle that somehow says countries should satisfy their own needs first.
- This tells us when not to satisfy needs. We’re trying to show that the country should satisfy its own needs.
- This gives us a necessary condition for satisfying your own country’s needs. That’s useless. It doesn’t help prove that the country should satisfy its own needs.
- This doesn’t help. The stimulus says that all people’s needs are objectively the same. So this principle doesn’t let us give priority to one group over the other.
- CORRECT. The stimulus says that everyone’s needs are equally important. This principle tells us what to do in that case: governments should satisfy the needs of their own people.
- This is useless. We don’t know if there are no other ways for a country’s people’s needs to be satisfied, so this principle doesn’t do anything.
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