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Main Point. The correct answer choice is (E)
In this stimulus, the sociologist concludes that the supporters of political democracy can also support
marketplace regulation. This conclusion, which comes at the end of the stimulus and is introduced with
the word “hence,” is based on the premise that there is a crucial distinction between the private consumer
and the public citizen: Private consumers choose based on self-interest, argues the author, but the public
citizen decides on the basis of beliefs about what is best for society.
In this case the question asks for the conclusion, which we should prephrase: supporters of political
democracy can also support marketplace regulation.
Answer choice (A): This is perhaps an implication found in the stimulus, but it is not the conclusion, so
this choice is incorrect.
Answer choice (B): The author’s conclusion is that regulated markets are compatible with democratic
sovereignty, not that unregulated markets are incompatible. This answer choice is basically a Mistaken
Negation and is therefore incorrect.
Answer choice (C): This answer choice specifically reflects the belief of “some economists,” as
described in the stimulus, which is a position the author attacks. This choice is thus incorrect.
Answer choice (D): This is a premise used to support the conclusion, it is not the conclusion itself, so
this answer choice is incorrect.
Answer choice (E): This is the correct answer choice. It is basically a rephrasing of the conclusion,
found at the end of the stimulus.