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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Circular reasoning and the living wage

It seems the only argument opponents of a living wage have these days is, 'If you raise wages Walmart won't be able to offer the low prices the working poor need to survive'
Circular reasoning is providing evidence for the validity of an assertion, which assumes the validity of the assertion. General forms include "A is true because A is true" or "A is true because B is true, and B is true because A is true". Often used as a mechanism to prevent an assertion from being challenged or questioned, or to "win" a debate by sending it round and round in circles.
See how it works The working poor need Walmart's low prices to survive, yet if you raise their wages then Walmart won't be able to offer them low prices and if  Walmart can't offer them low prices they won't be able to survive.

 Here is US Senator Bernie Sanders asking if it is just that the Walton family has so much while so many have so little. Let the circular reasoning begin.

1 comment:

  1. Wal-Mart is earth’s largest Welfare Queen:

    Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Prices (1 of 11)

    Wal-Mart's push into US cities

    It is lunchtime on a crisp day in Lower Manhattan and people file into a former bank building a few yards from City Hall. New York's politicians have been invited to a public hearing to discuss Wal-Mart's potential impact on small businesses and communities.

    "You cannot come to New York City and behave the way you have behaved in other parts of the country. New York City will simply not stand for it," says council Speaker Christine Quinn in her opening statement.

    She laments the fact Wal-Mart has not sent any representatives to the meeting.