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Democratic VistasReflections on the Life of American Democracy$
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Jedediah Purdy, Anthony Kronman, and Cynthia Farrar

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300102567

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300102567.001.0001

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Neither Capitalist nor American: The Democracy as Social Movement

Neither Capitalist nor American: The Democracy as Social Movement

(p.138) 7 Neither Capitalist nor American: The Democracy as Social Movement
Democratic Vistas

Michael Denning

Yale University Press

This chapter reflects on the history of democracy, arguing that democracy is neither American nor capitalist but is, rather, the social movement that fought for and created the democratic institutions of the state and civil society. Indeed one of the earliest names for that social movement was the Democracy. Moreover, since every democratic victory is threatened by powerful forces opposed to democracy, the democracy remains the social movements that fight to preserve and extend those democratic institutions.

Keywords:   democracy, history, social movement, democratic institutions

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