The Four Freedoms - Franklin D. Roosevelt
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Added: 26-04-2010 16:11:27
Excerpt from United States President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "State of the Union Address" to the 77th Congress, January 6, 1941. Pardon the quality, I slapped this together after finding that it hadn't already been done. The fact that I've done so shouldn't be construed as an endorsement of anything in particular -- I simply thought it ought to be on YouTube. Text, audio and image taken from: http://americanrhetoric.com/speeches/fdrthefourfreedoms.htm More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Freedoms Transcript: "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."