Common Meanings for Cold War Concepts
Interviewer: How about the word "democracy," what does that mean?
Judith: Democracy . . . oh. Well, democracy is really a kind of -- well, what the people have -- well, I can't explain it!
I: Say the words that come to your mind.
J: Well, democracy is sort of what the people should have . . . well, you should have democracy and be . . . well, it's like . . . uh!
I: You're not exactly sure what it is?
J: I'm not exactly sure but in a way I am -- it's what the people should have, they should have democracy, like be a good citizen, or something like that -- I can't explain it.
I: Uh huh -- it's something good at any rate.
I: You're not completely sure about the details.
J: No, I'm not.
I: Did I ask you what sorts of things you thought of when you heard the word "communism"?
J: Communism? No, you didn't.
I: What does it mean to you offhand?
J: Well, communism is sort of -- it's a different way of people: well, sort of like . . . to me it's bad. I can't explain it, just like democracy -- it's sort of the opposite.
( Greenstein, 1969, pp. 25-26)