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At the present moment in world history nearly every nation must choose between alternative ways of life. The choice is too often not a free one. One way of life is based upon the will of the majority, and is distinguished by free institutions, representative government, free elections, guarantees of individual liberty, freedom of speech and religion, and freedom from political oppression. The second way of life is based upon the will of a minority forcibly imposed upon the majority. It relies upon terror and oppression, a controlled press and radio, fixed elections, and the suppression of personal freedoms. I believe that it must be the policy of the United States to support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures.I believe that our help should be primarily through economic and financial aid which is essential to economic stability and orderly political processes.The free peoples of the world look to us for support in maintaining their freedoms. If we falter in our leadership,we may endanger the peace of the world. And we shall surely endanger the welfare of this nation.Great responsibilities have been placed upon us by the swift movement of events.Source: Excerpt from the “Truman Doctrine Speech,” delivered by PresidentTruman to Congress on March 12, 1947.