Revisiting FDR’s Four Freedoms

FDR listed the four freedoms – freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, freedom from fear – together, but as Sesame Street used to say, “one of these things is not like the others.” Two of these things are not like the others.

The difference first can be noticed linguistically: two on the list are “freedom of” and two are “freedom from.” But of course, this isn’t just a matter of prepositions. The first two are liberties and the second two are protections that can often be opposed to freedom.

The question for every country on earth is how to balance these opposing forces.

And calling some of these “rights” does not necessarily make it so.

Source: Revisiting FDR’s Four Freedoms

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