The Value of Rights
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|Abstract||There are, in the broadest terms, two views of the value of the right to free speech. On the first view speech rights good in themselves. To respect a person’s speech rights is just to respect the inherent dignity and worth of that person as a rational and autonomous being. On the second view speech rights are means to ends. We ascribe speech rights because doing so will help us to achieve desirable states of affairs like democratic stability, market efficiency, and greater enlightenment|
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