Fear Me Now!
“So relax. Even if we’re dying as a nation, we’re still tougher than anybody else.” franklin delano roosevelt defined four basic freedoms as 1) freedom of speech, 2) freedom of religion, 3) freedom from want and 4) freedom from fear. fdr made that speech 77 years ago. numbers one and two, of course, we all recognize as part of the first entry in the u.s. constitution’s bill of rights. these rights should be understood as a restriction on the government from interfering in any manner with any person"s right to express an opinion or her/his choice of beliefs. freedom from want should be an easy one, but capitalism cannot extort profits from a healthy, contented populous. i interpret “freedom from want” as implying that all are guaranteed access to proper nourishment, clean air to breathe, potable water and shelter from the storm.
however, fdr’s “freedom from fear” idea is implausible even down right impossible! fear is a basic emotion shared by every living entity. fear is the natural response to perceived presence of danger and as such serves as a life saver. therefore, no government try as they might can abolish fear. in fact our humongous weapons industry thrives on fear. our weapons of mass destruction serve only to exacerbate our sense of danger and insecurity.
i don’t blame the media, because the media is owned and sponsored by corporate america. that’s why someone like phil donahue who promotes a peace agenda finds his popular talk show cancelled. there’s no profit in peace–at least to the capitalist’s point of view. now, we have such tremendous arsenal of nuclear weaponry, fighter jets, drones and more that our species can destroy earth’s life many times over. do you feel any safer?
so, let’s speak out loud and clear! what have we got to lose?