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The Four Freedoms Under Siege: The Clear and Present Danger from Our National Security State

Marcus Raskin & Robert Spero. Barbara Ehrenreich, foreword.
Publisher Potomac  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9 x 6 x 1.05 inches
ISBN 9781597972178
Pages/Publication Date 358/2008
Daedalus Item Code 23335
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Franklin D. Roosevelt's Four Freedoms—Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear—were presented in his 1941 State of the Union address, and his profound vision inspired a second bill of rights, as well as the UN's 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Though never becoming law in America, these principles pervaded the political landscape for an entire generation. But since the late 1970s, argue Marcus Raskin and Robert Spero, these freedoms have been under assault from administrations of both parties, from economic pressures, and from the alleged requirements of national security—a process that has accelerated dramatically since 9/11. Here they address the hard questions of individual freedom versus national security, documenting pivotal events, leaders, policies, and fateful decisions that have subverted our constitutional government from its founding. "You reach the inescapable conclusion," the authors write, "that the United States is a warrior nation, has been addicted to war from the start, and is able to sustain its warfare habit only by mugging American taxpayers, and believing in its mission as God's chosen." Their book includes a foreword by Nickel and Dimed author Barbara Ehrenreich.

"Provides a thorough and sobering account of how gravely certain leaders have betrayed the very rights that our fellow Americans first articulated. This accessible and compelling book belongs on the shelves of all who seek to think critically about liberty, justice, and our government. Fully restoring these fundamental and universal rights is of first priority, and Raskin and Spero have created an airtight case for the call."—John Conyers Jr.

"Marcus Raskin has been warning us for decades about the perils and paranoia associated with the National Security State. Raskin as much as anyone in America anticipated the nightmare we are now living.... Raskin and his coauthor Robert Spero show why it is essential for Congress and the citizenry to force our Executive—at long last—to come to terms with a national security policy mechanism that has ended up producing catastrophe domestically and internationally."—The New Yorker

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