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Should Governments Ever Limit Free Speech?
Many government functions cannot be performed if free speech is absolute.
If members of the government can say whatever they wish, they may undermine confidence in the government.
Many government functions require secrecy, and being unable to limit free speech could result in endless leaks of sensitive information.
Dissent may exacerbate social tensions and conflicts.
Unregulated free speech opens the public to subversive propaganda from foreign powers that can swing referendum and elections to act in their own interests.
Freedom of expression is infringed to make the country work correctly.
When governments limit free speech they often do so for their own political interests, rather than the common good.
Speech is a form of power itself.
Agencies are constituted by people, and they may, under certain conditions, act to defend their and others’ interests.
Governments are harder to hold accountable for their actions when they can control what critiques are acceptable for people to express.