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“Freedom from Fear”

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.

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. — FDR FDR, The Four Freedoms speech

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  • Gordon Scott July 23, 2020, 9:36 AM

    We managed the first three, and had done pretty well on the fourth, even considering the recent uptick in Islamist violence.

    We didn’t manage the fourth by disarming, though. The whole “soft power” bullshit is just that, bullshit.

  • lpdbw July 23, 2020, 10:29 AM

    Aspirational but impossible, given human (or animal) nature. Might as well sing “Imagine”.

    We can’t even have those nice things within our own country any more.

    I bet FDR knew he was lying through his teeth when his commie speechwriter made those up, too.

  • Fletcher Christian July 23, 2020, 12:04 PM

    Mr. Scott:

    You didn’t manage the second. And why not? Because that particular freedom ought to include the right not to worship God (or gods) at all.

  • Desert Rat July 25, 2020, 8:53 AM

    And by 1945 the great FDR, champion of freedom, came to an agreement with Stalin to turn over tens of millions living in eastern Europe to the freedom-loving communists. The war in Europe started in defense of Polish freedom from Nazi German and ended with a dictatorship just as vile being given free rein there and over Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Roumania, Yugoslavia, East Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

  • Rob De Witt July 25, 2020, 12:11 PM


    What you can’t stand, I think, is that nobody cares whether you worship or not.

    No one obsesses about God more than atheists.

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