Four Freedoms Under Siege Serialized
In the future days which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.
The first is freedom of speech and expression-everywhere in the world.
The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way-everywhere in the world.
The third is freedom from want, which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants-everywhere in the world.
The fourth is freedom from fear, which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor-anywhere in the world.
--Franklin Delano Roosevelt,
Annual Message to Congress,
January 6, 1941
Afterward & Last Words
Afterword: Lifting the Siege of the Four Freedoms: This Afterword was first published after Barack Obama’s victory in the 2008 presidential elections. Some numbers have obviously changed, but the message, sadly and frustratingly, is the same--or worse: The United States still finds itself squarely in the eye of a perfect storm of disasters--many the legacy of the illegal, unethical, secretive Bush 2 administration, some as a consequence of the policies of the Obama administration and a remarkably foolish Congress. The continuation of permanent war, is but one dangerous example. (PDF)
Last Words: Ahead of History: Marcus Raskin and the Institute for Policy Studies: (PDF)
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America's Warfare Welfare State
October 15, 2012 - The United States has been at war for more years than it has been at peace. War is not a "last resort," something we fall back on when diplomacy, sanctions and other tools fail. It has become our normal condition. By Marcus Raskin and Greg Squires
Remembering Bernard "B." Rapoport
April 23, 2012 - B., a man of ideas who was nimble to adapt to the times, understood that today's movement for the 99 percent had its roots in many earlier social movements. By Marcus Raskin
Masters of the Universe: Noam Chomsky on Universality and Moral Platitudes
June 20, 2011 - Raskin's commentary gains a renewed relevance in the context of Western "humanitarian" interventions in Libya and Yemen, and as the recent arrest of Serbian war criminal Ratko Mladic brings the contradictions of international law to the forefront. By Marcus Raskin
How the Institute for Policy Studies Helped Release the Pentagon Papers
June 13, 2011 - IPS co-founder Marcus Raskin and others provided crucial aid to whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. By Lacy MacAuley
Blowing the Whistle
June 13, 2011 - IPS co-founder Marcus Raskin helped whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg release the Pentagon Papers. By Lacy MacAuley, published in The Panama News and The Winona (MN) Daily News