1. What do the words "freedom," "justice," and "democracy" mean to people? 2. How free, just, and democratic do you think the United States is?

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It would be homogenizing to claim one meaning that all people ascribe to concepts such as freedom, justice, and democracy. However, one could consider the general common meanings that are often associated with these terms. The words freedom, justice, and democracy are both wielded by states as means of propaganda and are often used by common people to describe a desire for personal autonomy and well-being. How these words are applied as a political reality is often the opposite of this desire. As a means of political propaganda, governments often use these words to maintain control over and extract loyalty from the subjects of the nation-state.

The United States is a perfect example of a state using these concepts as...

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