6.8.3 The Freedom to Influence Political Governance
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People need to be able to communicate their wishes and concerns to those in power, if governance is to benefit, rather than enslave, the population. The following arguments are relevant:
- There are benefits to both the government and the people in allowing such communication (18.104.22.168).
- Freedom of speech is needed so that people can express themselves without fear of reprisal (22.214.171.124).
- There are several mechanisms for suppressing free speech (126.96.36.199), that politicians might resort to for fear of opposition – but these reduce political legitimacy (188.8.131.52).
Politicians risk becoming unacceptable to the populations that they serve if they cannot hear any criticism.