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Should Governments Ever Limit Free Speech?
Governments should not set policies that limit free speech.
Speech-limiting regulations are created by a
ruling elite class
of legislators whose motivations and values often do not line up with the parts of the population who need free speech protection.
Free speech is important for a functioning country.
Limiting speech on topics deemed to be offensive or controversial can limit social progress.
There is not enough harmful speech to justify the government limiting it.
Free speech is a fundamental human right.
Limitations on free speech are a
. Even justifiable limitations are likely to be superseded by unjust ones.
Free speech is necessary to determine truth from falsehood.
Regulations on free speech protect people from unnecessary harm.
Very few rights are absolute.
Limitless free speech allows the spread of false and dangerous information.
People's right to free speech should not include
Many government functions cannot be performed if free speech is absolute.
Governments should limit free speech in societies which are not fully developed, or where civil discourse has broken down.
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