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But is it not possible that other position is also supported by general principles that are also backed by empirical data? One could for example argue that usually political decisions are made for the public good and require extensive agreement to pass so that usage of minimum wage is likely to be effective or otherwise it would have fallen out of favour way sooner. That is you say it is an issue of "price lowering" but one could argue that it is an issue of "political consensus". If we regard both "price lowering" and "political consensus" to be backed up by empirical results both options are still emprically backed up (even if it is not direct). You would have to argue why the way you phrase the question is the more appropriate way of framing it.

It is more easy to be aware what indirect empirical evidence one has for ones own world view but that doesn't mean that opposing world views lack those too. Assuming that things that contradict with your world view must lack that basis if the relevant evidence is not presented in the same go means there is a presumption of arbitrariness until proven founded when dealing with the beliefs of others that is not in effect when dealing with your own thoughts.






political decisions are made for the public good

To use the popularity of the minimum wage as evidence of its effectiveness, you would need first to show that the above premise is correct in a very large majority of cases (as with price-demand relationship). Iím not convinced that itís true even in 50% of the cases.
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