Friday, January 11, 2013

Four Freedoms

Franklin Roosevelt's State of the Union Address of 6 January 1941 is known as the Four Freedoms Speech. The world was at war, the United States not yet. There was a military dictatorship in Japan expanding the empire. Other fascists were in control in Italy, Germany and their allied states. Still in the United States there were fascist supporters, who saw such a system of business and military, that appealed to triumphal nationalism, leading the state as their ideal. Although that system fell disastrously by 1945, the United States has one of its two political parties (and their supporters) thinking, and speaking in the same manner. Those who were against Roosevelt and Democracy are still against Roosevelt and Democracy.
...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... — Franklin D. Roosevelt
Freedom from Want
A pair of hands hold a globe.

 Freedom of speech and expression
Freedom of worship
Freedom from want
Freedom from fear
On a small triangle bordered by Tremont, Kenilworth and West 10th. The old St. John Cantius High is across the street. There are astoundingly few such memorials in America, even worse it is difficult voicing all these four freedoms.  

Freedom from Fear
Tremont School playground in background

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