The bulk of demanding democracy is an interpretation of 60 years of american radical democratic thought and activism through the lens of these concerns and it proves a most fruitful way of thinking about this history particularly because stears is acutely alert to the fiendishly difficult task that his subjects set themselves. Although american radicals generally resisted the siren call of communism and sought constantly to wrap their demands in american symbols and american values they nonetheless defended and advocated a host of intense disruptive and potentially coercive political practices depression era radicals insisted that it was only through a forthright politics a politics of strikes sit downs and . This book offers a compact history of democratic thought marc stears moves from democratic progressive activists at the turn of the twentieth century to new le. Marc stears demanding democracy american radicals in search of a new politicsprinceton nj princeton university press 2010 pp x 249 3095. Search search in advanced american political thought a journal of ideas institutions and culture
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