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originally posted by: Slakecontagia
In a recent thread here on ATS , I noticed someone quote Franklin Roosevelt , ' ... the only thing we have to fear , is fear itself .' This implies that , for example : My uncle should not have feared dying a terrible death aboard a sinking submarine .
My father should not have feared the flak-barrage. And so on ad nauseum...I'm sure you get the point .
This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.
originally posted by: IgnoranceIsntBlisss
a reply to: Slakecontagia
FDR's quote was directed towards ending the Great Depression, where people were too fearful to spend and money and invest once it had gone full swing, and without an active economy it could only fester as it was.
FDR's First Inaugural Address Declaring 'War' on the Great Depression