One of my favorite passages early on in my class’ textbook explains one of the reasons to study economics; to be “a well-rounded thinker.” Closely related in the next chapter is the concept of positive vs. normative statements.
Positives can be proven, or disproven, with facts, while normatives are basically opinions. Anyone who follows and/or partakes in political discourse these days no doubt sees how often the former is dispensed with in favor of the latter.
One key word to look for when trying to differentiate between the two is “should.”
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