Four Freedoms

On this day in 1941, US President Franklin Roosevelt delivered his Four Freedoms Speech within the State of the Union Address. He named four fundamental freedoms that humans “everywhere in the world” ought to enjoy: Freedom of speech and expression, including the right to dissent; Freedom to worship in one’s own way; Freedom from want and Freedom from fear

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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 universal 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.

That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation. That kind of world is the very antithesis of the so-called new order of tyranny which the dictators seek to create with the crash of a bomb.”

 

β€” Franklin Delano Roosevelt, excerpted from the Annual Message to the Congress, January 6, 1941

It is long past the time to make this a reality!

 

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