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Thus, on the balance, it seems communist theory is compatible with freedoms of speech, information and protest, but it is far from a fundamental right such as it is under democracy and individual-centered ethics systems like that of Kant and Locke. Freedom of information should only be granted when communist society as a whole is likely to benefit. In this light, it makes much more sense that communist leaders, while still a persecuted opposition philosophy, would strongly support speech rights and later reject them when communism becomes the ruling system. At that point, access to oppositional speech and information is no longer beneficial to the communist state, and thus no longer needed in communist philosophy.
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“Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as publick Liberty, without Freedom of Speech.”—Benjamin Franklin
Freedom of speech is essential to maintain democratic society. For example, Thomas Jefferson, 'Father of American Democracy' said that he will choose 'media without a government' rather than 'a government without media'. That is, he realized democratic society can't exist without freedom of speech. Thus, I strongly assert that the freedom of speech cannot be restricted in any situations.