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Positive and normative statementsThe importance of detecting bias in argumentsWhenever you are reading articles on current affairs it is important to be able to distinguish betweenobjective and subjective statements.Often, the person writing an article has a particular argument to make and will include subjective statements about what ought to be or what should be happening. Their articles carry value judgements; they are trying to persuade you of the particularmerits or demerits of a policy decision. These articles may be wholly or partially lacking in objectivity.Positive StatementsPositive statements are objective statements that can be tested, amended or rejected by referring to the available evidence. Positive economics deals with objective explanation and the testing and rejection of theories. For example: