Thursday, July 10, 2014
The time has come for all the people of the world to reject neoliberalism and its fundamental assumptions that greed and exploitation of people, resources and the environment serve the greater good. Instead, they serve an ever diminishing group of supremely selfish parasites who enrich themselves at the expense of everyone else.
In his State of the Union address to Congress on January 6, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt identified four essential freedoms:
“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.
Human dignity is the basis of the four essential freedoms.
Each human being has a right to dignity.
We must recognize and enshrine this right for all time together with the Golden Rule by which we assure it by our deeds:
That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow.
We know about freedom of speech and religion. They are protected by the First Amendment to our Constitution.
Freedom from want means the right to a job and a guaranteed living wage with benefits, including universal health care. The government should be the employer of last resort to assure that anyone who wants to work will have a job compensated by a living wage with benefits. That wage shall be the minimum wage.
Exploitation of labor shall be prohibited.
Freedom from want shall also include the right to a free education.
Freedom from fear means outlawing aggressive wars and prosecuting those who initiate them.
There shall be no right for a nation to start a war in preemptive self-defense.
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