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repost of ShiraDest’s Wondering Wednesdays, Baby Acres, and The Four Freedoms

This (old) post finishes the rough draft of the (now finished and published book, freely available for Project Do Better…) Introductory Chapter of my current non-fiction WiP, Baby Acres: Making Society Suck Less in 60 Years.     The overall goal has been to introduce one possible roadmap for a fully inclusive society for all of us, in the hope that All HumanKind  will eventually have each person’s basic needs  met.  This book lays out an idea, and a potential path for getting us there.

Introduction part III: The Four Fundamental Freedoms and “perpetual peaceful
revolution”

The “four essential human freedoms” that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt listed in his
famous inaugural (?) speech of 1941 are, as the president himself pointed out, a tangible distillation of those Human Rights as a list of freedoms that each both facilitate and require the equitable implementation of the three types of justice mentioned earlier. President Roosevelt put it thusly:

“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.
That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in
our own time and generation.

The president went on to say that “we have been engaged in change — in a perpetual peaceful revolution — a revolution which goes on steadily, quietly adjusting itself to changing conditions … The world order which we seek is the cooperation of free countries, working together in a friendly, civilized society.”

 That “Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere.“

These words touched off   The ( https://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2020/08/world-war-ii-the-double-v-campaign/, accessed 2 April, 2021, 15:35 PST …)  Double V Campaign of the modern civil rights era.

While these rights have yet to be fully realized for all Americans, much less all human beings
everywhere, they are, as Roosevelt stated, the start of what any just society must aspire to
guarantee to all of it’s citizens.

That peaceful revolution of which President Roosevelt spoke must make needed changes to the entire set of institutions with which we govern our society so that, as the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pointed out, “the edifice which produces beggars” is changed into one that produces truly equitable opportunities for all human beings around the world. Clearly, the rebuilding of such a massive edifice as our interconnected web of societal infrastructures, social, economic, physical, and governance-related, requires both time and fore-thought. The task of wrapping up even the most basic of essential human rights into a system capable of guaranteeing that each and every citizen is treated equitably in the light of each of the major types of justice is “a vast project.” Yet is is a project that must be taken on if the promise of those four essential freedoms that President Roosevelt spoke of and Dr. King dreamt of seeing are to be made a reality. It is a project which our founding documents, from the United States Declaration of Independence, to the Preamble to the US Constitution enshrine in law, that “we the people” “are created equal.”

It is equally clear that this is a project which cannot hope to be successful alone, even if
undertaken by an entire generation. The goal of building a just society must be one which is
undertaken and committed to by an alliance spanning multiple generations. From the Framers of the US Constitution, to President Roosevelt, Dr. Martin Luther King, and Noam Chomsky and John Rawls, together with Naomi Klein, members of Black Lives Matter, to the students from the many schools who have experienced mass shooting traumas, generation upon generation has added its voice to the calls for justice, freedom, and human rights for all citizens.

No one community is capable of welding together a system that will be just for all members of society, and no one generation is capable of finishing such a gargantuan task. It is thus incumbent upon all members of society to play a part in contributing to the vision of a just society, whether by putting forth an alternative potential vision of how such a society could function, or by sketching out what some piece of such a society could look like. Changing our societal edifice into one which not only no longer produces suffering, but even encourages the best in all of us, is not a task that even one generation could accomplish alone. We are all indeed in this together, and must do the work, all together. It can be done, if we will it. 

“Yes, we can.”

 

That is the rough draft of the third and final part of my introductory chapter. 

Last week was the fourth installment of this series…

Action Items:

1.) Search for two different sources related to The Double V.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how discrimination could affect a society that might be built, in 50-100 years.

4.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those sources and your thoughts.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
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ShiraDest

March, 2021 CE = March 12021 HE

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Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

Free copies are available at https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…

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Shira Destinie Jones Booth Hall Porter Faxio Mayo Manzilla West, author of the Community and 4 Freedoms blog, is a published academic and community author and an aspiring Historical Fantasy novelist. She has also been a community organizer, Voluntary Simplicity adherent, RankedChoiceVoting advocate, and educator. She is still working to build strong Public Domain social Infrastructure (#PublicDomainInfrastructure), and welcomes others to join in this work: 1.) Public Transportation, 2.) Public Libraries, 3.) ProBono Legal & Consumer Education particularly around housing issues, & 4.) Universal Health Care. She believes that our Public Domain social Infrastructure, starting with these four key parts, need to be under girded by adopting a Universal Basic Income, possibly supplemented by a Federal Jobs Guarantee. She has organized community events such as film discussions, multi-ethnic song events and cooperative presentations in her native city of Washington, DC and abroad.

22 comments

  1. This can be done if we want it and will it is critical. Love this : “generation upon generation has added its voice to the calls for justice, freedom, and human rights for all citizens.

    No one community is capable of welding together a system that will be just for all members of society, and no one generation is capable of finishing such a gargantuan task.”

    This is a monumental call to service, courage, and action. This is an ongoing fight that can’t lose steam because we all would be at risk of losing our freedoms, rights, and speech. Good piece Shira! 👍🏽

    Injustice anywhere is Injustice everywhere! ⚖️

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      1. Working on it!
        I guess I’ll have to start putting more content into the Thursday post titles, since no one seems to be reading the actual page. I was really hoping that someone would notice that the DC City Jail was used as a free bleepety bleep bleep *Slave Penn* (aka slave jail or slave gaol) for years, even after the 1851 compromise Fugitive Slave Act: it was convenient to rid the Federal City of coffles because they were embarrassing, so we really won less than nothing with that new law -it tightened the earlier fugitive slave act, and made it applicable up North as well!!
        😦
        This is the kind of thing that can be done at the Federal level if folks are not careful and paying attention to both the short-term and long-term consequences of policy…

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    1. Thank you, JYP!
      I appreciate that.
      It seemed to me that people would need to understand the reasoning behind this before they’d be willing to wade into the rather deep and sometimes murky waters of the idea itself.

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      1. Excellent news, thank you!
        I’m feeling under the weather today, so I may just post the remaining chapter outlines for tomorrow, and continue with Chapter One next week.

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      2. Yup: I exercise, eat healthily, watch my weight, avoid toxic things like smoke and CokaCola, and get all of my shots. That way I can at least be sure that I’ve not died as a result of my own negligence, so I am not putting a burden on our public health system.

        🙂

        That, and when my time comes, I’d prefer to die like a Klingon: on my feet helping someone!

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