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Wed Aug 8, 2018, 10:47 PM

Why are "Democratic Socialists" attempting to establish a whole new definition of socialism?

We've already had discussions on DU about what socialism is, and that's not my purpose here. It's indisputable that there is a long-standing, established definition--and it's not what is being advocated by Democratic Socialists. It doesn't seem, at least, like any of the prominent Democratic Socialists are advocating for actual socialism. Instead, Sanders (and I imagine other Democratic Socialists) advocate for Social Democracy (the Nordic Model).

What I can't understand, for the life of me, is why they've chosen to conflate Social Democracy and socialism (with the latter being extremely polarizing, and also widely misunderstood--by supposed adherents, as well as opponents). Why not just call yourself a Social Democrat? Social Democracy already exists, it is most definitely not socialism, and Sanders frequently praises the Nordic Model (understandably so).

So, why?!? Why identify as a Democratic Socialist? Why go to the trouble of trying to re-define socialism when it's absolutely unnecessary? This just seems to me to be an incredibly idiotic choice. If you want to promote (understandably) the Nordic Model, why shoot your cause in the foot?

I really don't get it.

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Reply Why are "Democratic Socialists" attempting to establish a whole new definition of socialism? (Original post)
Garrett78 Aug 2018 OP
honest.abe Aug 2018 #1
Garrett78 Aug 2018 #4
msongs Aug 2018 #2
Garrett78 Aug 2018 #6
DemocracyMouse Aug 2018 #32
Cha Aug 2018 #3
zaj Aug 2018 #5
bettyellen Aug 2018 #7
Garrett78 Aug 2018 #8
leftstreet Aug 2018 #9
Garrett78 Aug 2018 #11
EndGOPPropaganda Aug 2018 #30
pnwmom Aug 2018 #12
pangaia Aug 2018 #20
pnwmom Aug 2018 #27
pangaia Aug 2018 #34
GulfCoast66 Aug 2018 #13
TomSlick Aug 2018 #10
Garrett78 Aug 2018 #14
GulfCoast66 Aug 2018 #23
Garrett78 Aug 2018 #33
pnwmom Aug 2018 #17
Stinky The Clown Aug 2018 #15
pnwmom Aug 2018 #16
Garrett78 Aug 2018 #21
JI7 Aug 2018 #18
Hekate Aug 2018 #19
Garrett78 Aug 2018 #22
GulfCoast66 Aug 2018 #24
pnwmom Aug 2018 #25
Hekate Aug 2018 #28
Hekate Aug 2018 #26
radical noodle Aug 2018 #29
betsuni Aug 2018 #31
Garrett78 Aug 2018 #35
betsuni Aug 2018 #42
Garrett78 Aug 2018 #43
pansypoo53219 Aug 2018 #36
pnwmom Aug 2018 #40
democrank Aug 2018 #37
JCanete Aug 2018 #38
pnwmom Aug 2018 #41
Garrett78 Aug 2018 #45
SkyDancer Aug 2018 #39
OnDoutside Aug 2018 #44

Response to Garrett78 (Original post)

Wed Aug 8, 2018, 10:51 PM

1. I have wondered that too.

Social Democrat sounds so much better and is in fact probably more acurate for what they are.

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Response to honest.abe (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 8, 2018, 10:56 PM

4. It's indisputably more accurate.

They advocate for Social Democracy (hasn't Sanders made numerous references to Denmark and Norway?) but instead of calling themselves Social Democrats, they call themselves Democratic Socialists. It's absolutely crazy.

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Response to Garrett78 (Original post)

Wed Aug 8, 2018, 10:51 PM

2. bernie 2020 campaign? nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 8, 2018, 10:59 PM

6. Huh?

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Response to Garrett78 (Reply #6)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 12:28 AM

32. Pitting socialism vs capitalism is so 19th century.

Nature tends towards a diverse mix of social, cultural and economic forces. Perhaps the labels of the future will continue to be a hybrid along the lines of "democratic socialism" or "democratic capitalism" or my belabored favorite: "civic infrastructure for a civic, small business economy".

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Response to Garrett78 (Original post)

Wed Aug 8, 2018, 10:52 PM

3. Hope you get some answers!

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Response to Garrett78 (Original post)

Wed Aug 8, 2018, 10:57 PM

5. Because we need a lot of help with messaging.

 

On average, dems like facts over messaging.

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Response to Garrett78 (Original post)

Wed Aug 8, 2018, 11:00 PM

7. Naive people taking the bait from Republicans and letting them frame their movement.

 

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Response to bettyellen (Reply #7)

Wed Aug 8, 2018, 11:08 PM

8. Republicans will affix the label "socialism" to anyone left of Limbaugh.

But surely that's not why the likes of Sanders are calling themselves Democratic Socialists, while advocating for Social Democracy.

Again, socialism is widely misunderstood. For instance, there are those who mistakenly think anything that is publicly funded (schools, roads, etc.) is an example of socialism...but that's only true if you completely re-define the term. And socialism is also extremely polarizing. So, self-identifying as a socialist when you aren't actually advocating for socialism is, to put it nicely, a real head-scratcher.

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Response to Garrett78 (Original post)

Wed Aug 8, 2018, 11:20 PM

9. Democratic Socialism and Socialism aren't the same

There's no reason why Democratic Socialists would support the same things Socialists do

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #9)

Wed Aug 8, 2018, 11:32 PM

11. But what they advocate for already has a name. Social Democracy.

And trying to convince people that *your* version of socialism isn't the same as the long-standing, well-established and polarizing form of socialism is just about the worst political strategy I can imagine.

Especially when - once again - your version already has a name (Social Democracy) that would gain much more acceptance.

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Response to Garrett78 (Reply #11)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 12:27 AM

30. Am 100% with you.

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #9)

Wed Aug 8, 2018, 11:35 PM

12. Actually, the Socialist party of America believes in democratic socialism, according to its

website. And the Democratic Socialist party says that Democratic Socialists are socialists. So there is a great deal of overlap, according to their websites.

And the party of the Democratic Socialists, just like the Socialist party, supports the government controlling the means of production -- that's socialism.


https://www.socialistpartyusa.net/principles-points-of-agreement

From the Socialist Party, USA:


The Socialist Party is a democratic socialist organization. We see socialism as a new social and economic order in which workers and consumers control production and community residents control their neighborhoods, homes and school and the production of society is used for the benefit of all humanity, not the private profit of a few.

https://www.dsausa.org/constitution

Democratic Socialists of America:

We are socialists because we reject an economic order based on private profit, alienated labor, gross inequalities of wealth and power, discrimination based on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability status, age, religion, and national origin, and brutality and violence in defense of the status quo. We are socialists because we share a vision of a humane social order based on popular control of resources and production, economic planning, equitable distribution, feminism, racial equality and non-oppressive relationships. We are socialists because we are developing a concrete strategy for achieving that vision, for building a majority movement that will make democratic socialism a reality in America. We believe that such a strategy must acknowledge the class structure of American society and that this class structure means that there is a basic conflict of interest between those sectors with enormous economic power and the vast majority of the population.

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #12)

Wed Aug 8, 2018, 11:47 PM

20. Can you imagine the fun GOOGLE TRANSLATE would have with this?




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Response to pangaia (Reply #20)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 12:09 AM

27. LOL. You're right! I'd love to see that.

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #27)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 01:04 AM

34. Goggle coukd translate pretty well in Georgian.

Bur Korean or Japanese would be a hoot.
Hell, I can't even follow it in Englush..

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #9)

Wed Aug 8, 2018, 11:35 PM

13. Democratic Socialist. Adjective, Noun.

Socialism has a defined meaning. Most Americans understand that meaning. As do most Democrats. And neither want anything to do with it.

A whole bunch of people sincerely wanting to change the meaning doesn’t mean shit.

I get tired of people on DU trying to tell me that the definition of a word I have known my entire life is wrong.

Especially since I have never heard the leaders of that movement deny that they are in fact true socialist. Lots of people here on DU trying to tell us that socialism does not really mean socialism, but that does not cut it. I’ve always felt that if an educated person tells you what they are, I should believe them.

The most ironic thing is that these people point out countries that they call socialist. But the people in those countries do not call themselves a socialist and they are in no manner socialist.

I don’t know, I guess I am a stickler for facts.

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Response to Garrett78 (Original post)

Wed Aug 8, 2018, 11:29 PM

10. Democratic Socialist of America seem to be legitimate socialists

According to their website, they seem to recognize that government ownership of businesses isn't feasible in the near term but that is the ultimate goal.

[link:https://www.dsausa.org/what_is_democratic_socialism|

I think a lot of people throwing around the term Democratic Socialist aren't really Socialists. Rather, they support a strong social welfare system. The problem is, the term is used so broadly, we can't know what people mean.

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Response to TomSlick (Reply #10)

Wed Aug 8, 2018, 11:35 PM

14. That's why I said that the prominent ones, at least, don't seem to be...

...advocating for actual socialism. Sanders, being the most prominent, often advocates for Social Democracy.

I have no doubt that some truly do desire actual socialism.

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Response to Garrett78 (Reply #14)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 12:00 AM

23. Really. You think Bernie does not know the meaning of Socialist?

The name he calls himself?

Like you I have heard him exposing Nordic style social democracy, but have you ever heard him deny real socialism? I haven’t.

And the man is smart and 74 years old. He came up when there were real socialist in America.

I at least respect Bernie enough to believe that when he calls himself a socialist he is indeed a socialist.

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Reply #23)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 12:30 AM

33. I haven't heard him advocate for actual socialism. He seems to be wanting to re-define the term.

He calls himself a socialist but advocates for something that isn't socialism. Like you, it's hard for me to imagine he doesn't know the actual meaning of the term, which is what is so puzzling. Why go to the trouble of trying to re-define a (polarizing) term and conflate it with what you're actually advocating for? How does that help his cause?

It's mystifying.

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Response to TomSlick (Reply #10)

Wed Aug 8, 2018, 11:40 PM

17. Or, maybe they really ARE conventional socialists, and just view social programs

as a stepping stone to true socialism.

There's no way to know -- which is why it's so dumb for people who simply believe in a strong safety net to use that term.

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Response to Garrett78 (Original post)

Wed Aug 8, 2018, 11:37 PM

15. A white haired Not Democrat

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Response to Garrett78 (Original post)

Wed Aug 8, 2018, 11:38 PM

16. I agree. Why they think it's a good idea to try to educate a couple hundred million

Americans into adopting a new definition of socialism, is beyond me.

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #16)

Wed Aug 8, 2018, 11:49 PM

21. You'd be hard-pressed to come up with a worse political strategy.

Well, okay, I suppose trying to re-define nazism or pedophilia would be worse. But you get my point.

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Response to Garrett78 (Original post)

Wed Aug 8, 2018, 11:41 PM

18. They Seem More Stuck on Image and Labels than on actually getting Stuff done

i guess it makes them feel morally better than others.

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Response to Garrett78 (Original post)

Wed Aug 8, 2018, 11:47 PM

19. Just another damn way to divide the Democratic Party and make the big tent smaller...

...by breaking us all up into factions.

And because a certain silver-haired Senator insists that's what he is, and refuses to join our party because he's so ideologically pure and stuff -- well except that one time he joined so he could get a national platform for the first time in his life. Then he quit and went back to criticizing all things Democratic Party, calling an insurgent female governor an establishment candidate, among other things. But he retains the power to anoint.

This year, under this president and his enabling Congress, I am calling bullshit on all attempts to divide us.

So someone who wants my vote needs to have a (D) after their name and not equivocate about it. It's a big tent. Keep it that way.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #19)

Wed Aug 8, 2018, 11:55 PM

22. On that note, even self-identifying as a Social Democrat probably wouldn't be...

...in our party's best interest. It would be best if they would simply identify as Democrats within the big tent. But if they insist on self-identifying in a way that distinguishes themselves, go with Social Democrat or Progressive Democrat. Conflating Social Democracy and socialism is shooting their own cause in the foot.

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Response to Garrett78 (Reply #22)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 12:03 AM

24. Agreed. I only call myself that on DU.

In the real world I am a Democrat.

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Response to Garrett78 (Reply #22)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 12:07 AM

25. I agree. Progressive Democrat is clear enough.

What progressive Democrat doesn't support social programs? What Democrat doesn't?

Hillary and Bernie agreed on the same platform for the 2016 election. Anyone who supported them and their platform should be proud to call themselves a Democrat.

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #25)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 12:12 AM

28. Indeed. What Democrat of any stripe doesn't support social programs?

Can DUers think of any at all?

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Response to Garrett78 (Reply #22)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 12:07 AM

26. Did you see the list posted by a short-timer of "Progressive Candidates" who won?

There were lots of Democrats left off. Lots and lots. They don't count, apparently. Only the "progressives" who oddly enough were nowhere identified as Democrats.

Divide us into smaller and smaller slices by various lavels. That's sure to be a winning ticket.

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Response to Garrett78 (Original post)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 12:27 AM

29. This is a very old article but it speaks

to socialism and the Nordic countries (Denmark in particular). You're right, the socialism makes no sense.

https://www.cnn.com/2016/02/17/politics/bernie-sanders-2016-denmark-democratic-socialism/index.html

While the Danes are flattered by all the attention, they want to ensure that the love coming from Sanders doesn't confuse people into thinking they describe themselves "socialists," too. Sanders has clarified that his democratic socialism is not the same as "socialist" in the traditional sense of a purely government-controlled economy. But that hasn't stopped Danish leaders from ensuring there is no misconception about their own system.
"I would like to make one thing clear," Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said recently in a speech at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. "Denmark is far from a socialist planned economy. Denmark is a market economy."


"Free" is actually the wrong word to describe these services. Danes pay some of the highest taxes in the world, including a 25% tax on all goods and services, a top marginal tax rate hovering near 60%. The top tax rate in the U.S., by comparison, is less than 40%.
But there are aspects to the Danish model that you would never see on Sanders' policy platform. As a small country heavily reliant on trade, Denmark imposes minimal tariffs on foreign goods. Businesses here are only lightly regulated. The corporate tax rate is much lower than in the United States, which has one of the highest in the world. There's not even a minimum wage in Denmark, although most workers are paid high salaries in large part due to the strength of labor unions. And in the past few years, Danish voters elected a right-of-center government, which has been instituting reforms that have put tighter restrictions on access to the long-held safety net.


More at the link.

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Response to Garrett78 (Original post)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 12:27 AM

31. It's a group making up new definitions for words. Those in the group know the new meaning,

everyone else is confused. Seems to be quite a trend to make up new meanings for words and phrases these days. A centrist in their jargon means a capitalist. Now I guess it's the turn of the word "socialist" to get a new meaning. Status quo means money in politics. Incrementalism means compromising, spinelessness. Grassroots means the real Democratic base (not PoC and women). Divisive means talking about race and gender. An FDR Democrat means a Democratic Socialist. A regular Democrat means an out-of-touch elitist who has no idea what economic inequality is and is not progressive. Establishment means you are bought off by corporations and are corrupt. There are more that I haven't figured out yet. It is very confusing!

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Response to betsuni (Reply #31)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 01:32 AM

35. There are terms that need to be reassessed.

It's important, for instance, that people come to recognize that 'gender' and 'race' are social constructs. But advocating for something that isn't socialism while trying to re-define socialism (or conflate it with what you're advocating for) is really odd. Actually, it's more than just odd. It's completely counterproductive.

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Response to Garrett78 (Reply #35)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 06:30 AM

42. My point is that words are given new meanings, and of course it's really odd and counterproductive.

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Because the group makes up its own jargon.

I don't understand what "It's important, for instance, that people come to recognize that 'gender' and 'race' are social constructs" has anything to do with anything. My comment was not meant to be taken seriously. "There are terms that need to be reassessed." Whatever.

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Response to betsuni (Reply #42)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 11:54 AM

43. I was just pointing out that there are instances where accepted meanings need to change...

...but that I don't think that's true in the case of socialism. In another thread recently, someone pointed out that word meanings are not set in stone. So, I was just pre-emptively addressing that argument in case it was made in response to your post.

We're on the same page.

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Response to Garrett78 (Original post)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 03:17 AM

36. because socialism is not communism. as if that matters w/ the new GOOP.

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Response to pansypoo53219 (Reply #36)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 05:44 AM

40. But socialism does involve the government controlling the means of production,

as does communism.

Socialism does not simply refer to spending tax money for the common good or for the "safety net."

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Response to Garrett78 (Original post)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 03:26 AM

37. If you genuinely want to know the difference

between a Socialist and a Democratic Socialist, just Google it. The basic difference....Democratic Socialists do not want the government to own the means of production. Socialists do.

I've heard Bernie Sanders explain this difference several times. You can Google that as well.

Socialists and Democratic Socialists don't worry me in the least. Republicans like Devin Nunes do.

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Response to Garrett78 (Original post)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 03:56 AM

38. Wow, how many threads on this, just talking past each other? Socailsm has been defined and redefined

 

over and over. People have a different opinion of what it means. How do YOU define Capitalism? What nations are capitalist? I have yet to see somebody who rails against the term democratic socialism even attempt to address this glaring omission in the logic of contributing to the panic regarding the term socialism.

Also, look at the polls for younger Americans. It isn't incredibly polarizing any more, and nobody should run from a title that the other side has attempted to define. Do you remember us all running away from the term "liberal" like it was herpies? Lean into it. Don't cede the opportunity to define ourselves and leave it instead to the republicans. Don't give the other side the ammunition of your own apologetic milque-toast invertibrate cowering. That is guaranteed to lose. We still reap the pupblic perception of being wimps because of that kind of shit.

Sanders has long defined himself as a democratic Socialist. It would make no sense for him to back away from it, and his branding has been picked up and run with by other candidates, reinforcing that definition.

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Response to JCanete (Reply #38)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 05:47 AM

41. The Democratic Socialist Party USA believes in socialism -- not just Nordic style social programs.

If he really is a Democratic Socialist, then he would believe, as the party does, that the government should control the means of production.

If he doesn't, then he shouldn't describe himself with the same name as the Democratic Socialist Party.

I bet Bernie DOES consider himself a Socialist, in the traditional sense. Many in the party view social programs as a stepping stone to full socialism, and maybe he does, too. We know he honeymooned in the Soviet Union when it still had a socialist government. So it's not much of a stretch to think he was an actual socialist then and he is now, too.



https://www.dsausa.org/constitution

Democratic Socialists of America:

We are socialists because we reject an economic order based on private profit, alienated labor, gross inequalities of wealth and power, discrimination based on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability status, age, religion, and national origin, and brutality and violence in defense of the status quo. We are socialists because we share a vision of a humane social order based on popular control of resources and production, economic planning, equitable distribution, feminism, racial equality and non-oppressive relationships. We are socialists because we are developing a concrete strategy for achieving that vision, for building a majority movement that will make democratic socialism a reality in America. We believe that such a strategy must acknowledge the class structure of American society and that this class structure means that there is a basic conflict of interest between those sectors with enormous economic power and the vast majority of the population.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Socialists_of_America

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is a multi-tendency organization of democratic socialist, left-social democratic and labor-oriented members in the United States. It is often affiliated with other political parties and/or organizations. A member of the Socialist International (SI) from its founding in 1982, the DSA voted to leave SI in August 2017 over the SI's acceptance of what the DSA perceived as neoliberal economic policies.[18]

The DSA has its roots in the Socialist Party of America (SPA), whose most prominent leaders included Eugene V. Debs, Norman Thomas and Michael Harrington.[19] In 1973, Harrington, the leader of a minority faction that had opposed the SPA's rightward shift and transformation into the Social Democrats, USA (SDUSA) during the party's 1972 national convention, formed the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC). The other faction that split following that convention was the Socialist Party USA (SPUSA), which remains an independent democratic socialist political party. The DSOC, in Harrington's words "the remnant of a remnant", soon became the largest democratic socialist group in the United States. In 1982, it merged with the New American Movement (NAM), a coalition of intellectuals with roots in the New Left movements of the 1960s and former members of Socialist and Communist parties of the Old Left, to form the DSA.[20]

SNIP

The DSA is not only by far the largest socialist organization in the United States in the 21st century, it is also the largest socialist organization in the United States in over a century.[22][23]

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Response to JCanete (Reply #38)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 01:37 PM

45. I suspect those young people don't know what it means.

Some even here on DU think socialism is synonymous with public funding. Sanders advocates for something that isn't socialism, so referring to himself as a socialist conflates Social Democracy and socialism.

I'm not contributing to the panic. I'm pointing out that misleading self-identification hurts one's cause.

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Response to Garrett78 (Original post)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 04:41 AM

39. Let me try & answer your question

 

being a member of DSA myself.


Contemporary “Social democracy” is defined as a set of social policies and a political ideology that advocates said policies. Unlike Democratic Socialists, Social Democrats don’t advocate for a fundamentally different economic system from capitalism: their focus is on regulating the excesses of capitalism to protect workers, consumers and disadvantaged groups. This often goes alongside support for tax-funded and universally-accessible welfare provisions. It isn't to say that Democratic Socialists don't advocate for such things (we do) but we want it done in a way that isn't based on capitalism.

Social Democrats don’t view capitalism as fundamentally flawed and irrational, let alone question its fundamental elements (production for profit, the wage labor system, private property). In contrast, Democratic Socialists view capitalism as irrational, inefficient or unjust and hold the view that a superior form of economic organization based on social ownership and democratic management is possible. Therefore they aim to replace capitalism with a socialist economic system which benefits all members of society equally.

Definitions of Democratic Socialism

Democratic socialism is not a system per se, rather it is a range of political ideologies that share a commitment to the realization of socialism alongside political and/or economic democracy. As such there is no singular model of democratic socialism that can be analyzed in detail. “Democratic socialism” typically means one of four things:

*A political ideology that aims to realize socialism through existing liberal democratic political institutions;
*A political ideology that aims to realize socialism through spontaneous grassroots-level participatory activism;
*An economic system where socially-owned enterprises are managed directly by their workforce in a democratic rather than hierarchical manner


All Democratic Socialists favor a socialist economy which involves some form of social ownership of the means of production with self-management or democratic decision-making processes at the workplace level. There is however no common Democratic Socialist stance on the question of resource allocation - some Democratic Socialists favor market socialism while others favor planned economies.

Let me share with you something which was posted on my local DSA chapters page awhile back.


"Social Democrats want regulated capitalism, redistribution of wealth, fair taxation of the rich, democracy, and strong social safety net programs. The Scandinavian countries would be considered Social Democracies and to some degree so would democracies in Europe such as France, Germany and England. Social democracies recognize that not everyone wins the capitalist game, and it tends to produce undesired outcomes such as income inequality = massive wealth and poverty side by side. It seeks to provide government programs that support the poor and working class under a capitalistic democracy. It’s a kinder gentler form of capitalism.

Democratic socialists want to keep democracy, but have the citizens vote to move away from capitalism toward more citizen ownership of the means of productions. They see capitalism as a flawed system that tends to create massive wealth for a few and a struggling middle class and poor. Instead of looking to redistribution of wealth and a strong social safety net as a solution, they prefer to change the system to a more socialist system. This does NOT mean they support the state owning the means of production. The concept is that the citizens workers/labor would own a piece of the company or farm they work in. They ask, why should a few wealthy people own most of everything? Shouldn’t everyone have a share in the wealth of a country/economy? "


Hopefully this helps some.

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Response to Garrett78 (Original post)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 12:44 PM

44. It's really simple. Hardline Socialists have embraced the old capitalist trick of "Re-branding" !

It's not just been happening in the US, but elsewhere too, like Europe. Create more PR friendly names that fool a modern society that is not clued in to history or politics.

Remember though, they haven't changed their core ideas, and that is often the 'tell'. They have NOT re-defined socialism (or rather their strain of Socialism - eg Trotskyism), they have just re-branded and created an outer skin. At some point the Democratic Party are going to have to face this threat head on, or they'll end up with their version of the Tea Party destroying them.

The Democratic Party will NEVER be pure enough for them, which is why they have no problem attacking them. They attempt to use the Nordic model, because what else is there ?

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