Not Enough Supporting Research for "Addiction in Free Markets"

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So what? After reading Bruce Alexander’s and Stefa Shaler’s essay “Addiction in Free Markets”, this would be the first reaction of many readers, as it was my reaction upon completion of the essay. Although Alexander and Shaler discussed a very important issue concerning ‘Addiction in Free Markets’, they do not provide sufficient resources or correlative research to prove their argument. Firstly, their thesis statement does not agree with many of the facts and statements that are being presented throughout the essay. Moreover, the essay sidetracks from what it is trying to prove to other aspects in life that are not related with the topic, and the transition of paragraphs is also not smooth. Also, the centuries of English and Native…show more content…
The “we” in this statement is ambiguous, and does not clearly define what vast majority group they are referring to. Although a historical context can prove to be useful in many cases while reading a piece of literature, in some cases it can prove to be quite wordy and unnecessary. Moreover, I believe there are instances where phrases, such as “... must not be ‘distorted’ by personal loyalties, village or neighbourhood responsibilities, guild or union rights, charity, family obligations, ethnic tastes and aversions, social rules, or religious values...” (229) are just put in there for the sake of saying something. That statement, as others in the opening paragraphs, does not have anything to do with what the authors are trying to get across to the national body. Moving onwards, there is a disassociation between the thesis and the arguments that support the thesis. While the thesis is stating that an individual must “...find that they develop ‘substitute’ lifestyles in order to endure” (230), and then further along stating that Canadian natives have the racial inability to control alcohol (231); it almost seems that their issue is contradicting that statement. How can it be that an inability to control alcohol is the same as developing a ‘substitute’ lifestyle? On a similar note, Alexander and Shaler state that “the key to controlling addiction is maintaining a society in which every member is included in a larger
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