Not according to “Consequentialism and the First Amendment don’t mix” Matt Welch.
But his article doesn’t delve into why exactly, but rather talks about how, of course, both liberals and conservatives get the free speech issue all wrong and fail to consistently defend it.
Paging John Stuart Mill, utilitarian defender of free speech. Yes, I realize consequentialism and utilitarianism are actually distinct, but they are too closely related for me to pass up the opportunity for a quick blog post, necessary due to my recent slacking. But I have a good reason.