Cabernet sauvignon wine is better than fume blanc. Turkey is better than pork. Matter in the solid state is better than the plasma state. Each of those statements begs the question: Where's the proof? With subjective statements such as those, disagreements can go on forever. It's simply a matter of personal opinion. One person's...
No, they do not "beg the question." They raise the question, they demand the question, they call for the question, they ask the question, they might even beg FOR the question, but they do not "beg the question!" To "beg the question" means to use your basic premise as a proof of itself, i.e., to make a circular argument: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Begging_the_question My services as a proofreader are available at surprisingly reasonable rates.
One of the more difficult lessons to teach economics neophytes -- and, many times, trained economists -- is that economic theory cannot say anything definitive about subjective statements, such as what's better, good, bad or worse. Let's try a few examples to make the point.
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