Enforced question begging
June 4, 2018 § 13 Comments
Despite its unwieldiness I prefer the phrase “decline to enforce usurious contracts” over the phrase “prohibit usury,” because the latter begs the question1 of authority in favor of usurers.
 As usual I use the phrase “beg the question” in its classical sense, where it means assuming the very thing one sets out to demonstrate. In this case the phrase “prohibit usury” assumes that by default those in authority should enforce usurious contract terms and frames declining to enforce them as “prohibition”.