Freedom Of Speech By George Orwell

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George Orwell once stated “if liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to know”. One of the founding principles of the United States of America is the unalienable liberty which is given to us by our creator. This liberty extends to the Bill of Rights of which the first amendment is the freedom of speech. This freedom of speech is the most essential part of American freedom. Without freedom of speech, the government would be able to control the flow of ideas and society itself would stagnate. Freedom of speech is the way in which ideas can progress and evolve. Even though some ideas do not hold any informational merit, they are still essential to the foundations of freedom of speech. A wrong idea will lead to the discovery of a new idea, and its rejection will allow critical analysis from the public. If freedom of speech wasn’t apart of current society; then people would mindlessly follow whatever was set forth to be true without critically analyzing the accuracy of the claim or the motives behind it. Freedom of speech is crucial to the progression of society. Freely expressing thoughts and ideas allows for them to develop unfettered by the restrictive lenses of governmental policy. This is important because without this independence from the government, semi-formed ideas that seem to go against the government or its ideas would be eliminated before they can be fully formed. John Stuart Mill asserts that “those who desire to…
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