According to Barbour and Wright, free speech is valuable for all of the following reasons EXCEPTA. It helps create an informed citizenry.B. It provides a voice for the minority.C. It is good for...

According to Barbour and Wright, free speech is valuable for all of the following reasons EXCEPT
A. It helps create an informed citizenry.
B. It provides a voice for the minority.
C. It is good for economic development.
D. It provides a watchdog over government.
E. It helps preserve the truth.

which is the answer? thanks

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Although I could make an argument that free speech actually does all of these things, the best answer to this question is clearly Option C.  There is much less of a connection between freedom of speech and economic development than there is between freedom of speech and the other options.

Freedom of speech clearly helps to create an informed citizenry.  When others speak about politics or social conditions, we can hear what they have to say and become informed.  Freedom of speech clearly allows the minority to have a voice.  If we did not have freedom of speech a decade ago, people who support gay marriage (then a minority) might not have been able to speak up and have a voice.  Freedom of speech ensures that minority voices have a right to speak out.  Freedom of speech clearly provides a watchdog over government.  When people are allowed to speak freely, they may criticize the government, calling attention to things that it is doing wrong.  Freedom of speech clearly helps to preserve the truth.  If the government (or anyone else) tells lies, other voices may speak out and expose the truth.  Without freedom of speech, this would not be possible.

Thus, freedom of speech clearly does Options A, B, D, and E.  This means that Option C is the correct answer.

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