Asked in Political Theory
Why is the right to assemble considered an important element of democracy?
Without the right to assemble we really don't have any other rights. This right covers our ability to meet in public (for instance, it even covers political discussions in a bar with friends), protest, belong to associations with like minded people, practice religion publicly, and, when applied with the right to petition, allows us to vote. The very latter being arguably the most important element in any democracy.