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Tue Nov 6, 2012, 07:25 PM

Freedom of Speech (Four Freedoms: #1)

1943 Norman Rockwell (1894-1973) American

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Reply Freedom of Speech (Four Freedoms: #1) (Original post)
NNadir Nov 2012 OP
DonViejo Nov 2012 #1
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CaliforniaPeggy Nov 2012 #3
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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 07:34 PM

1. If I may...

The "Four Freedoms"
Franklin D. Roosevelt's Address to Congress January 6, 1941
Chapter 36

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.

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 quick-lime 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 and 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 or keep them. Our strength is our unity of purpose.

To that high concept there can be no end save victory.

From Congressional Record, 1941, Vol. 87, Pt. I.


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Response to DonViejo (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 07:46 PM

2. You may. Rockwell's "Four Freedoms" paintings were, of course, inspired by that speech.

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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 08:14 PM

3. My dear NNadir!

These paintings have always inspired me so much. I now look upon this one particularly because it shows the respect that we should have for one another, but which has largely vanished from our world.

It is certainly an appropriate one for today.

Thank you!

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