“Those Wayward, Multitudinous People”
The vernacular, daily, ordinariness of commons democracy was neither an obstacle to the cultivation of the Framers’ liberal, representative democracy nor a misunderstanding of it. Rather, it was the cultural, practiced ground on which the United States’ fabled democratic institutions took root and held. As such, both its legacy and its lessons for democratic practice in the United States are vital. The conclusion summarizes the historical lessons and theoretical challenges of commons democracy.
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