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No doubt our parents and grandparents earned the exalted appellation, The Greatest Generation, for defeating fascism and dictatorship in WWII although that cohort accomplished much more that is forgotten, or suppressed. Professor Kaye sets out those achievements in detail. More importantly, he points out that the greatest generation had an unquenchable optimism that they, the people, could bring to fruition the promise of America, a democratic country with ubiquitous freedom of speech and religion and a land unburdened from want and fear.
As Professor Kaye notes so well, President Franklin Roosevelt articulated these ideals in a common sense fashion so that the greatest generation internalized them with an intensity that motivated them to confront the depression, win WWII, and fight for the four freedoms.
Long before the greatest generation vanquished the fascists and imperialists, the American people confronted the Great Depression and an economic system rigged against them by oligarchs and powerful corporations. Unfortunately, the present generation takes for granted the hard won victories that have made the American people more secure and more prosperous like social security, unemployment insurance, and the right to bargain collectively.
During the depression, our government responded to the economic disaster with programs to help people and to maintain long term economic stability. Professor Kaye details the many creative agencies and policies that gave people hope in the face of unemployment, homelessness, and starvation.Read more ›
Kaye references to four freedoms that Roosevelt mentioned in his Annual Message to Congress back in 1941 – the first is freedom of speech and expression everywhere in the world, the second is freedom of every person to practice any religion in his or her own way everywhere in the world, the third is right of every nation to secure healthy peacetime life for its citizens and last, at first glance controversial, but absolutely correct freedom from fear that would mean reduction of armaments that no nation will be in position to attack or endanger existence of his neighbor.
Exactly with these words the author brings back the memory of those times saying that we need to remember who Americans are - pointing his message, or even critique, to both conservatives and liberals – the descendants of those people who have a history of defending the values at which the U.S. was established, defending the country and the ideals of freedom from internal and external enemies through the centuries.
Therefore, ‘The Fight for the Four Freedoms’ is an inspiring book and interesting look at the causes, but more importantly suggestion of possible exits of the social, but more importantly the moral and spiritual crisis in which we as a society fell in - so Harvey J. Kaye’s work can be fully recommended.
Depicting the battles that FDR so valiantly fought to make America’s “Greatest Generation” gain greater personal liberties and economic equality, Kaye shows us valiant political leadership in action in the post World War II period of the twentieth century. Tracing the decline of that vision and American promise from the Reagan administration in the 1980s through the current Obama administration (Kaye describes Obama as “not asking too much of America” but “asking too little”) Kaye examines the epic failure in today’s political process and elected leadership that has reduced overall financial security and individual freedoms for the general public.
Comparing the strides that FDR made for the country with the weak and anti-visionary maneuvers of recent presidencies, Kaye shows that the way out and upward for the population lies in our past, and that if don’t examine and augment the positive elements of that past, we are doomed to continue our current path of divergence from those Four Freedoms. This book is a must-read story of what we should all be fighting for today.
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I have admired F.D. R. since first reading about him and his "New Deal." I came to realize why so many folks revered him. Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. Barrell
If you are a student of history this book is a gem. If you are a person who is on the periphery pf politics this book is a must read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Paul J. Schuh
EXPLAINS MANY REASON FDR HAD FOR HELPING US OUT OF THE GREAT DEPRESSIONPublished 5 months ago by roy sparks
Harvey J. Kaye has done it again. He's taught me something I didn't know before. I knew about the 4 Freedoms. Read morePublished 11 months ago by T. McKeever
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