"Protection of political speech advanced two important democratic goals:
1) an informed citizenry that would be capable of making educated decisions on matters of public concern, and
2) a free and open marketplace of ideas wherein the truth would ultimately prevail… Only through a vigorous and spirited public debate could citizens be educated about the actions of their government and react responsibly."
All Speech Is Created Equal, 1986
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Democratic goals can be summed up in despotic rule by the mob. Truly informed individual sovereigns can make educated choices (an informed citizenry is a herd of inferiors told what their master want them to hear). A free and open market place of ideas is a concept of where truth (etc.) may be hopefully found.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    That's all well and good, but it still requires the citizen to inform him/herself and to "react responsibly."
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    It is clear by definition that democratic processes (a verb) differ greatly from that of a democracy (mob rule — noun). Democratic processes may be utilized in an individual sovereign's republican form of government, a monarchy, a democracy, in socialism, etc. Goal here, is perceived as a terminal point at which action is directed, oblivious to the sentient being’s nobility, the spirit, nature's law, etc. The occupying statist theocracy infesting this land's patrons are a well informed citizenry (helots, serfs and slaves) that are capable of making educated decisions on all concerned matters (personal, public, etc.). A major problem with the whole of the quote is the conditioned slave’s available library (ecclesiastical seminaries {government schools}, slave masters’ propaganda sources {Media}, government {“A man is no less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years.” Lysander Spooner}, censored physics / science – altered history, etc.) Under the current Woke Socialism’s statist theocracy, a slave dreams not of freedom, but of his own slaves.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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