Law School Discussion


Which rights do you think are should be guaranteed? Read the speech before voting

Freedom of Speech/Expression
Freedom of Religion
Freedom from want
Freedom from fear

FDR's Four Freedoms Speech


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FDR's Four Freedoms Speech
« on: December 02, 2005, 06:13:00 PM »
The entire speech is here:

The following is the relevant part.

delivered by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, on January 6, 1941

  The basic things expected by our people of their political
  and economic systems are simple.  They 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.
  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 of our
  economic and political systems is dependent upon the degree
  to which they fulfill these expectations.
  Many subjects connected with our social economy call for
  immediate improvement.  As examples :
  We should bring more citizens under the coverage of old-age
  pensions and unemployment insurance.
  We should widen the opportunities for adequate medical care.
  We should plan a better system by which persons deserving or
  needing gainful employment may obtain it.
  I have called for personal sacrifice, and I am assured of
  the willingness of almost all Americans to respond to that
  call.  A part of the sacrifice means the payment of more
  money in taxes.  In my budget message I will recommend that
  a greater portion of this great defense program be paid for
  from taxation than we are paying for today.  No person
  should try, or be allowed to get rich out of the program,
  and the principle of tax payments in accordance with ability
  to pay should be constantly before our eyes to guide our
  If the congress maintains these principles the voters,
  putting patriotism ahead pocketbooks, will give you their
  In the future days which we seek to make secure, we look
  forward to a world founded upon four essential human
  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 wold.
  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.
  To that new order we oppose the greater conception --the
  moral order.  A good society is able to face schemes of
  world domination and foreign revolutions alike without fear.
  Since the beginning of our American history we have been
  engaged in change, in a perpetual, peaceful revolution, a
  revolution which goes on steadily, quietly, adjusting itself
  to changing conditions without the concentration camp or the
  quicklime in the ditch.  The world order which we seek is
  the cooperation of free countries, working together in a
  friendly, civilized society.
  This nation has placed its destiny in the hands, heads and
  hearts of its millions of free men and women, and its faith
  in freedom under the guidance of God.  Freedom means the
  supremacy of human rights everywhere.  Our support goes to
  those who struggle to gain those rights and keep them.  Our
  strength is our unity of purpose.
  To that high concept there can be no end save victory.