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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