Paths for Reconstruction in the 21st Century


The Paths for Reconstruction in the 21st Century project links knowledge to the betterment of the human condition through thinking and practical action. The project is based on the assumption that a renaissance of moral action and thought is on the immediate horizon.

Four Freedoms Under Siege: 2008 EpilogueFour 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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What We’ve Done to Others

Few Americans have a clear memory of our nuclear history -- part of our heritage, just like the cruel deeds of 9/11/01.

The Rhetoric-Reality Gulf

Network media mavens evoke disaster about the Gulf's fate, while the gulf between reality and rhetoric grows accordingly.

Unleash the Arts: 1 percent of the Stimulus Package

What will be the fate of the arts during this recession? The Institute for Policy Studies recently launched a petition calling for 1 percent of the stimulus package to be spent on the arts.
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