An Urban's Rural View
Urban C. Lehner Editor Emeritus
Tue Jun 9, 2015 06:46 AM CDT

A Nebraska corn-and-beans farmer isn't used to answering loaded questions, especially during an otherwise pleasant dinner and especially when the interrogator is a member of a landlord's family. But there it was:

"When," the young man wondered, "are you going to start growing food?"

By definition, a loaded question contains a dubious assumption. Consider the classic example, "Have you stopped beating your wife?" It presupposes that you are -- or have been -- a wife beater.

Similarly, asking a corn-and-beans farmer when he's going to start growing food presupposes he does not. But for the farmer, pointing out the fallacy ...

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