Progress toward the universal achievement of these Four Freedoms - even toward a universal commitment to trying to achieve them - has been mixed at best. that is true not just globally but even within our own society, which in FDR's time was still characterized by legally institutionalize racism, among other ills. And it was only with the War on Poverty and the Great Society that the New Deal's aspiration to guarantee freedom from want began to seem likely to be achieved here in the US. Worldwide, progress in these areas has been real, but partial.
Then came the 1980s and American society began its ideological retreat from the national and global solidarity which underlie the Four Freedoms. How many of the current Republican candidates for President, for example, can one even imagine seriously advocating the Four Freedoms or actually trying to promote them nationally and globally if elected?
(The above photo shows the text of the Four Freedoms memorialized at Four Freedoms Park on roosevelt Island in New York City's East River.)