Why is Free Speech Essential to Self-Government?
America's Founders recognized the necessity of vigorous public debate and enshrined the right to speak freely in the Bill of Rights. This component of the Constitution protects a wide range of speech, including speech we might find disagreeable. While the First Amendment's primary purpose was to protect political speech, its protections do have limits. This lesson explores this essential principle of free speech.
Understanding Prosperity Through Government Roles and Freedom of Speech
Lesson 5 of Building Blocks of Progress, a resource created in collaboration with the Bill of Rights Institute and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.