Daniel Kemmis is a former member and speaker of the Montana House of Representatives and mayor of Missoula, Montana. A long-time scholar of community-focused politics, he is the author of Community and the Politics of Place, The Good City and the Good Life, This Sovereign Land: A New Vision for Governing in the West, and most recently Citizens Uniting to Restore Our Democracy.
By Daniel Kemmis, Resilience.org
We all have a sense (though often only a fairly vague sense) that free speech is somehow crucial to democracy. But why should that be the case?