In Franklin D Roosevelt’s inaugural address on being elected President of the USA in January 1941, he expounded basic truths of freedom
One has nothing to fear but fear itself
He said the freedoms were
Freedom of speech and expression
Freedom of everyone to worship God in his own way
Freedom from want
Freedom from fear
All of these are interdependent. . These are by and large all present in the economically well off countries. In the poor countries this is not the case. It is not unreasonable to think that the basic need is freedom from poverty. From this comes all the other loss of freedoms. A poverty stricken population struggles for survival and this is so often accompanied by other deprivations, nutrition being an important case. The culture of poverty is the greatest problem for the human race and yet must be resolved without ruined the delicate and precarious state of the ecology of the planet.
See also the writings of JK Galbraith in the 1980s and 90s.
- Martin Eastwood