Getting back to the word "radical" and speaking of Paul Soglin, I found this NYT article
from 1989 that discusses those very topics:
When Paul Soglin was elected Mayor here 16 years ago, he was branded a radical, a troublemaker and a threat to the social order. In Madison, that was not such a bad image.
In those days when Mr. Soglin and just about everyone else in Madison was protesting the Vietnam War, liberal was already a dreaded ''L'' word here, but for different reasons than in most places: it was considered too far to the right.
The streets of Madison are quiet now. The most important cause centers on lowering the legal drinking age from 21 to 19, not ending a war. And Madison has just elected a new Mayor: a 43-year-old former corporate lawyer who pledges to hold down taxes and concentrate on city services. His name is Paul Soglin.
'In some ways, [the label, "radical"] fit then,'' he said in a recent interview. ''In some ways, it still fits.''
''The issues have changed. I've changed. But my values haven't changed.''
So that was 1989 - before anything known as the "Global War on Terror", before Osama bin Laden or al-Qaeda became household words in America. Still, I'm surprised that so many Madison voters, in 1989 - after Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, the Weather Underground bombings, the Sterling Hall bombing - voted to elect a mayor who was apparently unabashed in referring to his own "radicalism".
Did you know that an aide to Mayor Soglin, in the early '70's, proposed naming a Madison street after Ho Chi Minh? I learned that from the NYT article. How would that be any different from, today, naming a city street after Saddam Hussein or Kim Jong-il?
Anyway, "Radical Islam". I wonder how many Madison voters in 2013 would be nonplussed by a proposal to name a city street "Tsarnaev Boulevard"?