The royalists of the economic order have conceded that political freedom was the business of the government, but they have maintained that economic slavery was nobody’s business. They granted that the government could protect the citizen in his right to vote, but they denied that the government could do anything to protect the citizen in his right to work and his right to live.

Today we stand committed to the proposition that freedom is no half-and-half affair. If the average citizen is guaranteed equal opportunity in the polling place, he must have equal opportunity in the market place.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) US President (1933-1945)
Acceptance speech, Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia (27 Jun 1936)
Added on 3-Nov-08 | Last updated 3-Nov-08
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