Champagne socialist is a political term originating in the United Kingdom. The phrase is used to describe self-identified socialists whose comfortable upper middle class lifestyles are perceived to be incompatible with their professed political convictions. The term is used by opposing politicians to portray and ridicule their opponents as hypocritical.
A synonym of more recent development (1930s-1950s) in the United States is "Swimming Pool Communist"
- Chardonnay socialist, Australia and New Zealand
- Radical chic, United States
- Bourgeois bohemian and limousine liberal, United States
- Gauche caviar, France
- Emily Thornberry
- "Champagne socialists 'not as left wing as they think they are'". The Telegraph. 14 Jul 2010. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
- "So what's the problem with champagne socialism?". The Guardian. 16 April 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
- New York Times
- "Ken Follett: Novel activist". BBC News. BBC. 3 July 2000. Retrieved 25 November 2012. "Taking "Champagne socialist" jibes on the chin - "I've always been enthusiastic about Champagne" - the Groucho club member is no fair-weather friend of the party."
- "The Blue Book" John Birch Society 1958
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