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n13 free speech leads to democracy michael kent

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Unformatted text preview: ide public goods such as sanitation services and rural electricity, and once individuals no longer worry about day-to-day survival, they can devote resources to profitable investments in conservation. Polluted drinking water, lack of sewage facilities, indoor air pollution, and some types of soil erosion are examples of this type of relationship. Some problems initially deteriorate but then improve as incomes rise. Most forms of air and water pollution fit into this category, as do some types of deforestation and encroachment into natural habi tats. This improvement is not automatic; it occurs only when countries deliberately introduce policies that allow increased income and technical progress to address environmental problems. SLHS Value File Freedom (speech/expression) Free speech must be upheld BECAUSE it influences elections. James Bopp and Richard E. Coleson; The Catholic University Law Review, Spring, 2002. The fact that issue advocacy affects election campaigns makes it less, not more, subject to regulation because "the constitutional guarantee [of free expression] has its fullest and most urgent application precisely to the conduct of campaigns for political office." n11 This is so because free expression is both vital in its own right and essential to representative government. n12 "In a republic where the people [and not their legislators] are sovereign, the ability of the citizenry to make informed choices among candidates for office is essential, for the identities of those who are elected will inevitably shape the course that we follow as a nation." n13 Free speech leads to democracy Michael Kent Curtis, Professor of Law Wake Forest University School of Law, THE CONSTITUTION AND THE OTHER CONSTITUTION, Bill of Rights Journal February, 2002 Free speech and freedom of the press are among the brightest stars in our constitutional constellation. One reason free speech and press occupy a central position as fundamental rights is that they are crucial to democracy. As the Boston Daily Advocate noted in upholding the right to engage in anti-slavery speech: &...
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