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Friday, September 16, 2005

Four Freedoms Continued

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In the previous post, our story of the Four Freedoms, we last presented FDR's explanation of the "...basic things expected by our people of their political and economic systems .... These are:

Equality of opportunity for youth and for others.

Jobs for those who can work.

Security for those who need it.

The ending of special privilege for the few.

The preservation of civil liberties for all.

The enjoyment of the fruits of scientific progress in a wider and constantly rising standard of living."

According to the FDR these are "...the simple, the basic things that must never be lost sight of in the turmoil and unbelievable complexity of our modern world. The inner and abiding straight (strength) of our economic and political systems is dependent upon the degree to which they fulfill these expectations."

FDR also enumerated the Four Freedoms. They are:
    First Freedom of Speech and Expression
    The second is Freedom of Every Person to Worship God in His Own Way
    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.)
    Finally the fourth is Freedom From Fear (which, translated into world terms, means a worldwide 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...near or far.)

Next Post: A Look At New! 21st Century Freedoms