Why is freedom of expression important for democracy?


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Because liberty is such a big part of US democracy, freedom of expression is a core freedom. One cannot be free if one cannot speak freely. The basest form of oppression is to control one's right to free speech.
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Home work question alert!

Since democracy (from demos, meaning people) is rule by the people then if any persons are not free to express, then democracy cannot exist, as the rule would then be by less that all the people . . Or if enough people were prevented from free expression, then autocracy (by those free to express) would be the present or eventual result. Hope your teacher will be happy with your answer.

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