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The arguments of leading economists and commentators are presented in "yes" and "no" pairs. Taking Sides actively develops critical thinking skills by requiring students to analyze opposing viewpoints and reach considered judgements. Adopters can use the student Web site Dushkin Online for study support and to find related Web sites.
ISSUE 1. Are Profits the Only Business of Business?
YES: Milton Friedman, from "The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase Its Profits," The New York Times Magazine
NO: Robert Almeder, from "Morality in the Marketplace," in Milton Snoeyenbos, Robert Almeder, and James Humber, eds., Business Ethics, rev. ed.
ISSUE 2. Should We Encourage the Private Ownership of Guns?
YES: Daniel D. Polsby, from "The False Promise of Gun Control," The Atlantic Monthly
NO: Arthur L. Kellermann et al., from "Gun Ownership as a Risk Factor for Homicide in the Home," The New England Journal of Medicine
ISSUE 3. Should Cities Subsidize Sports and Sports Venues?
YES: Thomas V. Chema, from "When Professional Sports Justify the Subsidy: A Reply to Robert Baade," The Journal of Urban Affairs
NO: Robert A. Baade, from "Stadium Subsidies Make Little Economic Sense for Cities: A Rejoinder," The Journal of Urban Affairs