All this week (Monday through Friday) we are paying homage to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s most famous State of the Union speech—particularly the paragraphs known as The Four Freedoms. On Jan. 6, 1941, Roosevelt presented his justifications for American involvement in World War II, making the case for continued aid to Great Britain and greater production of war industries at home. “In helping Britain,” Roosevelt explained, “the United States was fighting for the universal freedoms that all people possessed.” Those freedoms are:

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  1. Freedom of Speech
  2. Freedom of Worship
  3. Freedom From Want
  4. Freedom From Fear

Bringing this into the present, the world is threatened by an ever-growing arsenal of deadly weapons. They are not nuclear but arguably have the same power to obliterate liberty—and transform privacy into piracy. As the election cycle begins anew and strategies for cyber warfare are made readyThe Daily Heller asked Viktor Koen to address the threats to our basic freedoms during this time of digital trolls, in what we call “The Five Cyber Freedoms.” Koen’s illustrations are not done in the style of Norman Rockwell, who famously rendered Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms in four consecutive issues of The Saturday Evening Post (Feb. 20–March 13, 1943), as well as on posters to sell war bonds. His are not romantic, but cautionary depictions of the loss of freedoms during the social media conglomerate/Trump/Putin era.

Soon, we’ll be collecting all the images together in one post. (In the meantime, for printable JPGs: No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5.)

 

Viktor Koen for The Daily Heller


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