The Four Freedoms

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the Democrat who served as the President of the United States from 1933 to 1945, was born on 30 January 1882

In the “State of the Union Address to the Congress”, a speech delivered in 1941, he proposed four fundamental freedoms that people “everywhere in the world” should enjoy:

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.”

“La prima è la libertà di parola e di espressione, ovunque nel mondo.
La seconda è la libertà di ogni persona di adorare Dio a modo suo, ovunque nel mondo.
La terza è la libertà dal bisogno , il che, tradotto in parole semplici , significa intese economiche che assicurino a ogni nazione una vita pacifica e prospera per i propri abitanti, ovunque nel mondo.
La quarta è la libertà dalla paura, che significa una riduzione mondiale degli armamenti a un livello tale e in modo così completo che nessuna nazione possa trovarsi nella posizione di commettere un atto di aggressione fisica contro un vicino ,ovunque nel mondo.”

Image: (Wikipedia) Engraving of the Four Freedoms at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial in Washington D.C.

34 thoughts on “The Four Freedoms

  1. Thanks Luisa for reminding us about these important values.
    E it that we humans really took the seriously as we otherwise destroy the Earth and in the meantime
    cause much pain. I hope and trust the light will shine.


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    1. Vero… ma non siamo assolutamente evoluti come ci vantiamo e illudiamo di essere❣️🌻
      É verdade … mas absolutamente não somos tão evoluídos quanto nos gabamos e nos iludimos ser❣️🌻
      True … but we are absolutely not as evolved as we brag and delude ourselves to be❣️🌻

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  2. All things in moderation… 🙂 the difficulty with the first two is that they are freedoms TO, and hence can conflict with the latter two, which are freedoms FROM – putting Sydney into lockdown and curtailing a lot of freedoms to, including church services, contributed a lot to freedom from fear for many people.

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      1. I really like Orwell’s “1984” and the idea that limiting language can limit what you’re able to think – take away the word, and you make it a lot harder to think the thought. He uses it as an example of taking away freedom to (free speech). But the much maligned rise of political correctness means a lot less sexism and racism than when I was growing up – shouting racial abuse will get you thrown out of the cricket these days, which I think is a good thing. Some words shouldn’t be used, and if the associated concepts disappear, good.


      1. I thought that had all gone in 1989… (And I spent the first part of the 80’s in the Defence industry. I was well aware of the Threat then.
        But, sometimes I think War is the ultimate destiny of Man. As if we were only programmed for that. Sad indeed.

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