Live Free Or Die

How free are Americans in the 21st Century? It's a question which has been exercising the mind of BBC's Washington correspondent, Justin Webb.



'Live Free or Die' is the official motto of the American state of New Hampshire.

It's probably the best known of all the state mottos because, perhaps, it encapsulates that spirit of aggressive freedom inherent in the American dream.

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President Bush says that freedom is the birthright of everyone in the world: a gift from God, but also a very important plank of US foreign policy.

Justin wonders whether the US has what it takes to do the exporting; whether Americans are friendly imperialists at heart.