To What Extent Exercise Your Freedom of Speech

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To What Extent Exercise Your Freedom of Speech


This paper explores the right of free speech. It was researched among a great variety of literature. Law reports, periodicals, textbooks, magazines were highly in use in this study. The report portrays how people can exercise this particular right and what restrictions are there. In this research paper a whole range of reasons would be given to explain the benefits of free speech. It was researched among a great variety of literature Case studies are described widely in order to show how U.S. Supreme Court performs and implements freedom of speech. In comparison to other countries, in the United States the strong constitutional protection of freedom of speech is embedded in the American culture of the twenty-first century, and the Supreme Court's expansive interpretation of the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of speech serves to implement the values of American society today. Key words: freedom of speech, restrictions, First Amendment, U.S. Supreme Court

To What Extent Exercise Your Freedom of Speech
What is freedom of speech? It means different things for different people. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution codifies the freedom of speech as a constitutional right. The Amendment was adopted on December 15, 1791. The Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” (Mount, 2010). Freedom of speech is much more than words written on a piece of paper long time ago. Humankind have fought and died for it. As consequence, the battle is still in continuance worldwide. This right should be exercised and used, due to a whole range of reasons. There’s a long tradition in philosophy claiming that freedom of speech and the equal right of everyone to express himself or herself in public on any possible topic improves the quality of opinions and knowledge (Spagnoli, 2010). As a result, truth would be born in an argument. People who can express themselves freely are better placed to develop their personality and identity. When you can say what you think and believe, you can better give shape to your thoughts and beliefs. Also, thoughts and beliefs depend heavily on the possibility to receive information, which is something that in turn depends on free expression. On top of that, persuasion is an important element of wellbeing: people who can persuade others feel better about themselves. And when they can persuade others, they can form communities and associations, and belonging is another important aspect of wellbeing and self-fulfillment. Finally, when the right to free expression is respected, people can better enjoy culture, education and other things that improve wellbeing. Even for a minimal democracy freedom of speech is very important. Candidates have to be able to advertise themselves and their policies and argue amongst themselves. Lobbyists should be allowed to make their case. But democracy should be more than that. Ideally, democracy requires deliberation among the people on the best possible policies. It’s obvious that this deliberation requires free speech (Spagnoli, 2010). People have to be able to receive information about the functioning of government. Free speech is a necessary prerequisite of government accountability. Freedom of information acts are just as much an element of free speech as a free press, and both are required to counteract corruption and abuse of power. At the margin, elements of free speech such as freedom of information, a free press and the right to protest can make the difference between freedom and tyranny, but they also limit the risk of lesser evils such as administrative corruption, betrayal of election promises, covert government activities etc (Spagnoli,...
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