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Should Governments Ever 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.
Those legislators are far more likely to create laws that protect the freedoms of people to express the religion those legislators practice, even if it's at the expense of the freedom of expression of others
(such the ongoing fight to mitigate or eliminate same-sex marriage in many states).
Censorship of free speech was implemented by the
. The result of these govenment implemented policies were mass imprisonment and execution of those with dissenting views.
Sometimes that same ruling elite class
can use expanded freedom of speech
to further entrench their own power or the powers of those like them while simultaneously marginalizing the common person's input in the public discourse.
These interests are not exclusive to free speech laws and are present when devising any form of legislation.