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Democratic socialism is a political ideology advocating a democratic political system alongside a socialist economic system, involving a combination of political democracy with social ownership of the means of production. Although sometimes used synonymously with "socialism", the adjective "democratic" is often added to distinguish itself from the Marxist–Leninist brand of socialism, which is widely viewed as being non-democratic.
Democratic socialism is usually distinguished from both the Soviet model of centralized socialism and social democracy, where "social democracy" refers to support for political democracy, regulation of the capitalist economy, and a welfare state. The distinction with the former is made on the basis of the authoritarian form of government and centralized economic system that emerged in the Soviet Union during the 20th century, while the distinction with the latter is made in that democratic socialism is committed to systemic transformation of the economy while social democracy is not. That is, whereas social democrats seek only to "humanize" capitalism through state intervention, democratic socialists see capitalism as being inherently incompatible with the democratic values of freedom, equality, and solidarity, and believe that the issues inherent to capitalism can only be solved by superseding private ownership with some form of social ownership in a transition from capitalism to socialism, with any attempt to address the economic contradictions of capitalism through reforms likely to generate more problems elsewhere in the capitalist economy.
Democratic socialism is not specifically revolutionary or reformist, as many types of democratic socialism can fall into either category, with some forms overlapping with social democracy. Some forms of democratic socialism accept social democratic reformism to gradually convert the capitalist economy to a socialist one using the pre-existing political democracy, while other forms are revolutionary in their political orientation and advocate for the overthrow of the bourgeoisie and the capitalist economy.
Forerunners and formative influences
Fenner Brockway, a leading British democratic socialist of the Independent Labour Party, identified three early democratic socialist groups in his book Britain's First Socialists: 1) the Levellers, who were pioneers of political democracy and the sovereignty of the people; 2) the Agitators were the pioneers of participatory control by the ranks at their workplace; 3) and the Diggers were pioneers of communal ownership, cooperation and egalitarianism. The tradition of the Diggers and the Levellers was continued in the period described by EP Thompson in The Making of the English Working Class by Jacobin groups like the London Corresponding Society and by polemicists such as Thomas Paine. Their concern for both democracy and social justice marks them out as key precursors of democratic socialism.
The term "socialist" was first used in English in the British Cooperative Magazine in 1827 and came to be associated with the followers of the Welsh reformer Robert Owen, such as the Rochdale Pioneers who founded the co-operative movement. Owen's followers again stressed both participatory democracy and economic socialisation, in the form of consumer co-operatives, credit unions and mutual aid societies. The Chartists similarly combined a working class politics with a call for greater democracy. Many countries have this.
The British moral philosopher John Stuart Mill also came to advocate a form of economic socialism within a liberal context. In later editions of his Principles of Political Economy (1848), Mill would argue that "as far as economic theory was concerned, there is nothing in principle in economic theory that precludes an economic order based on socialist policies."
Henry George promoted an idea called geoism, which was popularly know at the time as the "Single Tax Movement". George sought a form of democratic socialism by collecting economic rent via taxation of economic rents from land (economics) and monopolies over other natural opportunities. George believed that by removing privilege and monopoly, which he saw as private taxation, the free market would be able to allocate goods and services fairly.
Democratic socialism became a prominent movement at the end of the 19th century. In Germany, the Eisenacher socialist group merged with the Lassallean socialist group, in 1875, to form the German Social Democratic Party. In Australia, the Labour and Socialist movements were gaining traction and the Australian Labor Party (ALP) was formed in Barcaldine, Queensland in 1891 by striking pastoral workers. A minority government led by the party was formed in Queensland in 1899 with Anderson Dawson as the Premier of Queensland where it was founded and was in power for one week, the world's first democratic socialist party led government. The ALP has been the main driving force for workers' rights in Australia, backed by Australian Trade Unions, in particular the Australian Workers' Union. Since the Whitlam Government, the ALP has moved towards Social Democratic and Third Way ideals which are found among many of the ALP's Right Faction members. Democratic Socialist, Christian Socialist, Libertarian Marxist and Agrarian Socialist ideologies lie within Labor's Left Faction.
In the US, Eugene V. Debs, one of the most famous American socialists, led a movement centred on democratic socialism and made five bids for President, once in 1900 as candidate of the Social Democratic Party and then four more times on the ticket of the Socialist Party of America. The socialist industrial unionism of Daniel DeLeon in the United States represented another strain of early democratic socialism in this period. It favoured a form of government based on industrial unions, but which also sought to establish this government after winning at the ballot box. The tradition continued to flourish in the Socialist Party of America, especially under the leadership of Norman Thomas, and later the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). Upon the DSA's founding in 1983, Michael Harrington and socialist-feminist author Barbara Ehrenreich were elected as co-chairs of the organization. Currently philosopher and activist Cornel West is one of several honorary chairs. The organization does not run its own candidates in elections but instead "fights for reforms... that will weaken the power of corporations and increase the power of working people."
In Britain, the democratic socialist tradition was represented in particular by the William Morris' Socialist League, and in the 1880s by the Fabian Society, and later the Independent Labour Party (ILP) founded by Keir Hardie in the 1890s, of which George Orwell would later be a prominent member. In the early 1920s, the guild socialism of G. D. H. Cole attempted to envision a socialist alternative to Soviet-style authoritarianism, while council communism articulated democratic socialist positions in several respects, notably through renouncing the vanguard role of the revolutionary party and holding that the system of the Soviet Union was not authentically socialist.
In other parts of Europe, many democratic socialist parties were united in the International Working Union of Socialist Parties (the "Two and a Half International") in the early 1920s and in the London Bureau (the "Three and a Half International") in the 1930s, along with many other socialists of different tendencies and ideologies. The socialist Internationales sought to steer a course between the social democrats of the Second International, who were seen as insufficiently socialist (and had been compromised by their support for World War I), and the perceived anti-democratic Third International. The key movements within the Two and a Half International were the ILP and the Austromarxists, and the main forces in the Three and a Half International were the ILP and the Workers' Party of Marxist Unification (POUM) of Spain. In Italy, the Italian Democratic Socialist Party broke away from the Italian Socialist Party in 1947, when this latter joined the Soviet-funded Italian Communist Party to prepare the decisive general election of 1948. Despite remaining a minor party in Italian Parliament for fifty years, its leader Giuseppe Saragat became President of Italy in 1964.
During India's freedom movement, many figures on the left of the Indian National Congress organised themselves as the Congress Socialist Party. Their politics, and those of the early and intermediate periods of Jayaprakash Narayan's career, combined a commitment to the socialist transformation of society with a principled opposition to the one-party authoritarianism they perceived in the Stalinist revolutionary model. This political current continued in the Praja Socialist Party, the later Janata Party and the current Samajwadi Party. In Pakistan, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto introduced the concept of democratic socialism, and the Pakistan Peoples Party remained one of the prominent supporter for the socialist democratic policies in the country.
In the Middle East, the biggest democratic socialist party is the Organization of Iranian People's Fedaian (Majority).
The Folkesocialisme (translated into "popular socialism" or "people's socialism") that emerged as a vital current of the left in Nordic countries beginning in the 1950s could be characterised as a democratic socialism in the same vein. Former Swedish prime minister Olof Palme is an important proponent of democratic socialism.
Relation to economics
Democratic socialists have championed a variety of different socialist economic models. Some democratic socialists advocate forms of market socialism where socially-owned enterprises operate in competitive markets, and in some cases, are self-managed by their workforce. On the other hand, other democratic socialists advocate for a non-market participatory economy based on decentralized economic planning.
Contemporary proponents of market socialism have argued that the major reasons for the failure (economic shortcomings) of Soviet-type planned economies was the totalitarian nature of the political systems they were combined with, lack of democracy, and their failure to create rules for the efficient operation of state enterprises.
Eugene V. Debs and Norman Thomas, both of whom were United States presidential candidates for the Socialist Party of America, understood socialism to be an economic system structured upon "production for use" and social ownership in place of private ownership and the profit system.
Some democratic socialists call for a centralized planned socialist economy, where the state owns of the means of production and is regulated through political democracy by the people.
- a governing party
|Party||Country||Date established|| % of popular vote
in the latest election
|Seats in the lower house
100 / 137 (73%)
|Sandinista National Liberation Front||Nicaragua||
63 / 92 (68%)
|Movement for Socialism||Bolivia||
88 / 130 (68%)
|United Socialist Party||Venezuela||
96 / 165 (58%)
|Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA)||Greece||
145 / 300 (48%)
41 / 130 (32%)
|Sinn Féin|| Ireland
14 / 166 (8%)
29 / 108 (27%)
|Party of Socialists||Moldova||
25 / 101 (25%)
|Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP)||Turkey||
59 / 550 (11%)
70 / 513 (14%)
15 / 120 (13%)
7 / 63 (11%)
25 / 250 (10%)
15 / 150 (10%)
64 / 631 (10%)
14 / 179 (8%)
6 / 90 (7%)
12 / 200 (6%)
21 / 349 (6%)
|Left Ecology Freedom||Italy||
37 / 630 (6%)
|Labourists – Labour Party||Croatia||
6 / 151 (4%)
7 / 169 (4%)
|Armenian Revolutionary Federation||Armenia||
5 / 131 (4%)
11 / 350 (3%)
8 / 230 (3%)
2 / 60 (3%)
10 / 577 (2%)
- Heads of state/heads of government
- Salvador Allende, President of Chile 1970–73
- Jacobo Árbenz, President of Guatemala 1951–54
- Clement Attlee, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1945–51
- Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile 2006–10, 2014–
- David Ben-Gurion, Prime Minister of Israel 1948–54, 1955–63
- Rómulo Betancourt, President of Venezuela 1945–48, 1959–64
- Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Prime Minister of Pakistan 1973–77
- Léon Blum, Prime Minister of France 1936–37, 1938
- Willy Brandt, Chancellor of West Germany 1969–74
- Hugo Chávez, President of Venezuela 1999–2013 (disputed)
- Álvaro Colom, President of Guatemala 2008–12
- Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador 2007–
- Alexander Dubček, leader of communist Czechoslovakia 1968–9
- Mauricio Funes, President of El Salvador 2009–14
- Mikhail Gorbachev, Soviet leader 1985–91
- Fernando Lugo, President of Paraguay 2008–12
- Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa 1994–99
- Michael Manley, Prime Minister of Jamaica 1972–80
- François Mitterrand, President of France 1981–95
- Evo Morales, President of Bolivia 2006–
- José Mujica, President of Uruguay 2010–15
- Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India 1947–64
- Daniel Ortega, President of Nicaragua 1985–90, 2007–
- José Ramos-Horta, President of East Timor 2007–12
- Olof Palme, Prime Minister of Sweden 1969–76, 1982–86
- Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, President of Brazil 2003–11
- Kalevi Sorsa, Prime Minister of Finland 1972–5, 1977–9, 1982–7
- Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of Greece 2015
- Tabaré Vázquez, President of Uruguay 2005–10, 2015–
- Tony Benn, leading British Labour politician
- Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the British Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition 2015–Present
- James Connolly
- Eugene V. Debs, American union leader, five-times presidential candidate of the Socialist Party of America
- Tommy Douglas, Canadian politician, father of medicare
- Michael Harrington, founder of Democratic Socialists of America
- Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London 2000–08
- Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senator from Vermont (self-described)
- Kshama Sawant, Seattle City Council member
- Dennis Skinner, British Labour politician
- Norman Thomas, six-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America
Intellectuals and activists
- Billy Bragg
- Russel Brand
- Bertrand Russell, British philosopher
- John Dewey
- Barbara Ehrenreich
- Albert Einstein, German-born physicist. He wrote about his political views in a 1949 article titled Why Socialism?
- Erich Fromm
- Michael Harrington
- Christopher Hitchens
- Mary Harris Jones
- Owen Jones
- Helen Keller
- Martin Luther King, Jr., African-American civil rights leader
- Naomi Klein
- Rosa Luxemburg
- Lawrence O'Donnell, American political analyst
- George Orwell, English novelist
- Andrei Sakharov, Soviet physicist, dissident and human rights activist
- Cornel West
- Richard D. Wolff
- Howard Zinn
- Democratic capitalism
- Democratic centralism
- Democratic Socialist Party
- Economic democracy
- Ethical socialism
- Global Labour Institute
- List of democratic socialist parties and organizations
- List of democratic socialist parties which have governed
- Nordic model
- Libertarian socialism
- Market socialism
- Participatory democracy
- Revolutionary socialism
- Sewer Socialism
- Social democracy
- Socialism of the 21st century
- Socialization (economics)
- Soviet democracy
- Workers' council
- Busky, Donald F. (July 20, 2000). Democratic Socialism: A Global Survey. Praeger. pp. 7–8. ISBN 978-0275968861.
Democratic socialism is the wing of the socialist movement that combines a belief in a socially owned economy with that of political democracy. Sometimes simply called socialism, more often than not, the adjective democratic is added by democratic socialists to distinguish themselves from Communists who also call themselves socialists...democratic socialists wish to emphasize by their name that they disagree strongly with the Marxist-Leninist brand of socialism.
- Badie, Berg-Schlosser, Morlino, Bertrand, Dirk, Leonardo (September 7, 2011). International Encyclopedia of Political Science, Volume 1. SAGE. p. 2423. ISBN 978-1412959636.
Social democracy (sometimes used synonymously with democratic socialism) refers to a political tendency resting on three fundamental features: (1) democracy (e.g., equal rights to vote and form parties), (2) an economy partly regulated by the state (e.g., through Keynesianism), and (3) a welfare state offering social support to those in need (e.g., equal rights to education, health service, employment and pensions)
- Curian, Alt, Chambers, Garrett, Levi, McClain, George Thomas, James E., Simone, Geoffrey, Margaret, Paula D. (October 12, 2010). The Encyclopedia of Political Science Set. CQ Press. p. 401. ISBN 978-1933116440.
Democratic socialism is a term meant to distinguish a form of socialism that falls somewhere between authoritarian and centralized forms of socialism on the one hand and social democracy on the other. The rise of authoritarian socialism in the twentieth century in the Soviet Union and its sphere of influence generated this new distinction.
- Eatwell & Wright, Roger & Anthony (March 1, 1999). Contemporary Political Ideologies: Second Edition. Bloomsbury Academic. p. 80. ISBN 978-0826451736.
So too with ‘democratic socialism’, a term coined by its adherents as an act of disassociation from the twentieth-century realities of undemocratic socialism…but also, at least in some modes, intended to reaffirm a commitment to system transformation rather than a merely meliorist social democracy.
- Curian, Alt, Chambers, Garrett, Levi, McClain, George Thomas, James E., Simone, Geoffrey, Margaret, Paula D. (October 12, 2010). The Encyclopedia of Political Science Set. CQ Press. p. 401. ISBN 978-1933116440.
Though some democratic socialists reject the revolutionary model and advocate a peaceful transformation to socialism carried out by democratic means, they also reject the social democratic view that capitalist societies can be successfully reformed through extensive state intervention within capitalism. In the view of democratic socialists, capitalism, based on the primacy of private property, generates inherent inequalities of wealth and power and a dominant egoism that are incompatible with the democratic values of freedom, equality, and solidarity. Only a socialist society can fully realize democratic practices. The internal conflicts within capitalism require a transition to socialism. Private property must be superseded by a form of collective ownership.
- Anderson and Herr, Gary L. and Kathryn G. (2007). Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice. SAGE Publications, inc. p. 447. ISBN 978-1412918121.
...the division between social democrats and democratic socialists. The former had made peace with capitalism and concentrated on humanizing the system. Social democrats supported and tried to strengthen the basic institutions of the welfare state--pensions for all, public health care, public education, unemployment insurance. They supported and tried to strengthen the labor movement. The latter, as socialists, argued that capitalism could never be sufficiently humanized, and that trying to suppress the economic contradictions in one area would only see them emerge in a different guise elsewhere. (E.g., if you push unemployment too low, you'll get inflation; if job security is too strong, labor discipline breaks down.)
- Kendall, Diana (January 2011). Sociology in Our Time: The Essentials. Cengage Learning. pp. 125–127. ISBN 978-1111305505.
Sweden, Great Britain, and France have mixed economies, sometimes referred to as democratic socialism—an economic and political system that combines private ownership of some of the means of production, governmental distribution of some essential goods and services, and free elections. For example, government ownership in Sweden is limited primarily to railroads, mineral resources, a public bank, and liquor and tobacco operations.
- "Hal Draper: The Two Souls of Socialism (Chap.7)". www.marxists.org. Retrieved 2015-11-30.
- Quoted in Peter Hain Ayes to the Left Lawrence and Wishart, p.12.
- Isabel Taylor "A Potted History of English Radicalism" Albion Magazine Summer 2007; M. Thrale (ed.) Selections from the Papers of the London Corresponding Society 1792-1799 (Cambridge University Press, 1983); E. P. Thompson The Making of the English Working Class. Victor Gollancz Ltd., 1963.
- Hain, op cit, p.13.
- Wilson, Fred. "Stuart Mill." Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 10 July 2007. Retrieved 17 March 2008.
- "Mill, in contrast, advances a form of liberal democratic socialism for the enlargement of freedom as well as to realize social and distributive justice. He offers a powerful account of economic injustice and justice that is centered on his understanding of freedom and its conditions." Bruce Baum, "[J. S. Mill and Liberal Socialism]," Nadia Urbanati and Alex Zacharas, eds., J. S. Mill's Political Thought: A Bicentennial Reassessment (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007).
- "Taxes: What Are They Good For?" Henry George Institute. Retrieved 17 March 2008.
- Eduard Bernstein, (1961). Evolutionary Socialism (from Die Voraussetzungen des Sozialismus und die Aufgaben der Sozialdemokratie). Schocken Books. p. xi. ISBN 978-0805200119. "Six years before that he (Eduard Bernstein) had had joined the Eisenacher socialist group which merged with the Lassallean socialist group in 1875 to form the German Social Democratic Party.".
- Donald Busky, "Democratic Socialism in North America," Democratic Socialism: A Global Survey especially pp.153-177.
- Donald Busky "Democratic Socialism in North America" Democratic Socialism: A Global Survey especially pp.150-154.
- Robert John Fitrakis, "The idea of democratic socialism in America and the decline of the Socialist Party: Eugene Debs, Norman Thomas and Michael Harrington. (Volumes I and II)" (January 1, 1990). ETD Collection for Wayne State University. Paper AAI9029621. See also "What is Democratic Socialism? Questions and Answers from the Democratic Socialists of America."
- Powell, Michael (2006-11-05). "Exceedingly Social, But Doesn't Like Parties". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-03-17.
Vermont ...[is]... about to send the first avowed socialist to the Senate since ... well ... never.
- Donald Busky, "Democratic Socialism in Great Britain and Ireland," Democratic Socialism: A Global Survey, pp.83-5 on Morris, pp.91-109 on Hardie and the ILP. On Morris as democratic socialist, see also volume 3 of David Reisman, ed., Democratic Socialism in Britain: Classic Texts in Economic and Political Thought, 1825–1952 and E P Thompson, William Morris: Romantic to Revolutionary (London: Merlin, 1977). On the ILP as democratic socialist, see also The ILP: A Very Brief History; James, David, Jowitt, Tony, and Laybourn, Keith, eds. The Centennial History of the Independent Labour Party. Halifax: Ryburn, 1992.
- On Cole as democratic socialist, see also volume 7 of David Reisman, ed, Democratic Socialism in Britain: Classic Texts in Economic and Political Thought, 1825–1952.
- F. Peter Wagner, Rudolf Hilferding: Theory and Politics of Democratic Socialism (Atlantic Highlands 1996).
- Janet Polasky, The Democratic Socialism of Emile Vandervelde: Between Reform and Revolution (Oxford 1995).
- "Vikas Kamat Democratic Socialism in India."
- A. Appadorai, "Recent Socialist Thought in India," The Review of Politics Vol. 30, No. 3 (Jul., 1968), pp. 349-362.
- "Därför är jag demokratisk socialist," speech by Olof Palme at the 1982 congress of the Swedish Social Democratic Party.
- Anderson and Herr, Gary L. and Kathryn G. (2007). Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice. SAGE Publications, inc. p. 448. ISBN 978-1412918121.
Some have endorsed the concept of market socialism, a postcapitalist economy that retains market competition but socializes the means of production, and in some versions, extends democracy to the workplace. Some holdout for a nonmarket, participatory economy. All democratic socialists agree on the need for a democratic alternative to capitalism.
- Gregory and Stuart, Paul and Robert (2003). Comparing Economic Systems in the Twenty-First. South-Western College Pub. p. 152. ISBN 0-618-26181-8.
..market socialism's contemporary supporters argue that planned socialism failed because it was based on totalitarianism rather than democracy and that it failed to create rules for the efficient operation of state enterprises.
- The Socialist Party’s Appeal, by Debs, Eugene. 1912. The Independent.
- "Is the New Deal Socialism?", by Norman Thomas, Democratic Socialists of America (1936), Retrieved March 23, 2012: http://www.chicagodsa.org/thomasnewdeal.html
- "What Sinn Féin stands for". sinnfein.ie. Sinn Féin.
Sinn Féin is a 32-County party striving for an end to partition on the island of Ireland and the establishment of a democratic socialist republic.
- Ozcelik, Burcu (11 June 2015). "What the HDP Success Means for Turkey". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
The pro-Kurdish democratic socialist Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP)...
- Evans, Alex (16 September 2013). "Your Guide - The Left Party (Die Linke)". The Local.
Die Linke describe themselves as the party of democratic socialism...
- Armenian Revolutionary Federation Program (PDF).
The Armenian Revolutionary Federation in its world outlook and traditions is essentially a socialist, democratic, and revolutionary party.
- "Դաշնակցության սոցիալիզմի մոդելը [The Socialist Model of Dashnaktsutyun]". parliamentarf.am (in Armenian). Armenian Revolutionary Federation faction in the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia. 9 July 2011.
- Patsouras, Louis (2005). Marx in Context. iUniverse. p. 265.
In Chile, where a large democratic socialist movement was in place for decades, a democratic socialist, Salvadore Allende, led a popular front electoral coalition, including Communists, to victory in 1970.
- Medina, Eden (2014). Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende's Chile. MIT Press. p. 39.
...in Allende's democratic socialism.
- Winn, Peter (2004). Victims of the Chilean Miracle: Workers and Neoliberalism in the Pinochet Era, 1973–2002. Duke University Press. p. 16.
The Allende government that Pinochet overthrew in 1973 had been elected in 1970 on a platform of pioneering a democratic road to a democratic socialism.
- Stephen Schlesinger (June 3, 2011). Ghosts of Guatemala’s Past. The New York Times. Retrieved July 21, 2014.
- Morgan, Kenneth O. (2001). Britain Since 1945: The People's Peace. Oxford University Press. p. 111.
The last years of Attlee's democratic socialist regime...
- Beech, Matt (2012). "The British Welfare State and its Discontents". In Connelly, James; Hayward, Jack. The Withering of the Welfare State: Regression. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 90.
Attlee's goal was a democratic socialist society...
- Livingston Hall, Anthony (2007). The Ipinions Journal: Commentaries on Current Events, Volume 2. iUniverse. p. 18.
Chileans elected Michelle Bachelet as their new president ... Because her advocacy of democratic socialism
- Gal, Allon (1991). David Ben-Gurion and the American Alignment for a Jewish State. Indiana University Press. p. 216.
Ben-Gurion, Zionist and socialist-democrat...
- Jones, Clive A. (2013). Soviet Jewish Aliyah, 1989-92: Impact and Implications for Israel and the Middle East. Routledge. p. 61.
...Mapai, the democratic socialist party of David Ben Gurion.
- Cohen, Mitchell (12 June 2015). "‘Léon Blum: Prime Minister, Socialist, Zionist,’ by Pierre Birnbaum". New York Times.
Blum declared that he was what Nazis “hated most, . . . a democratic socialist and a Jew.”
- Gress, David (1 July 1983). "Whatever Happened to Willy Brandt?". Commentary.
- Sargent, Lyman (2008). Contemporary Political Ideologies: A Comparative Analysis. Cengage Learning. p. 118.
- "Hugo Chavez". Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs.
Campaigning as a democratic socialist, Chávez...
- Munck, Ronaldo (2012). Contemporary Latin America. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 119.
In a broad historical sense Chávez has undoubtedly played a progressive role but he is clearly not a democratic socialist...
- Hanhimäki, Jussi M.; Westad, Odd Arne (2004). The Cold War: A History in Documents and Eyewitness Accounts. Oxford University Press. p. 441.
Palme: Why I am a Democratic Socialist, 1982.
- Sachs, Jeffrey (26 December 2011). "Gorbachev and the Struggle for Democracy". The Huffington Post.
During his six years of rule, Gorbachev was intent on renovating Soviet socialism through peaceful and democratic means.
- "Perestroika: New Thinking for Our Country and the World by Mikhail S. Gorbachev". stetson.edu. 1987.
The more socialist democracy there is, the more socialism we will have.
- Benson, Mary (1986). Nelson Mandela. Harmondsworth: Penguin. pp. 231–232. ISBN 9780140089417.
- Smith, David James (2010). Young Mandela. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. p. 231. ISBN 978-0-297-85524-8.
- Riemer, Neal; Simon, Douglas (1997). The New World of Politics: An Introduction to Political Science. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 147.
- Borsody, Stephen (29 May 1981). "In the wake of Francois Mitterrand's victory". The New York Times.
...a democratic Socialist success, such as President Mitterrand's...
- Moraes, Frank (2007). Jawaharlal Nehru. Jaico Publishing House. p. 187.
- Powers, Roger S.; Vogele, William B.; Bond, Douglas; Kruegler, Christopher (1997). Protest, Power, and Change: An Encyclopedia of Nonviolent Action from Act-Up to Women's Suffrage. Taylor & Francis. p. 347. ISBN 9781136764820.
- Hoadley, J. Stephen (1975). The Future of Portuguese Timor. Institute of Southeast Asian. p. 25.
Ramos Horta during his December 1974 trip to Australia was careful to distinguish between Fretilin and Frelimo, arguing that his own party was a democratic socialist party....
- Astikainen, Arto (20 January 2004). "Kalevi Sorsa (21.12.1930 - 16.1.2004)". Helsingin Sanomat.
"We already are in democratic socialism. It will never be much different from this", Sorsa had said ten years earlier.
- Stone, Jon (26 January 2015). "Syriza: Everything you need to know about Greece’s new Marxist governing party". The Independent.
...a democratic socialist group Synaspismós, which current Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras led.
- Adams, Ian (1993). Political Ideology Today. Manchester University Press. p. 139.
Tony Benn's socialism is distinctive in the importance he places in combining socialism with radical democracy.
- "Tony Benn: Committed Democratic Socialist". Transnational Institute. 22 April 2014.
- Hill, Dave (2002). Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory. Lexington Books. p. 188.
Tony Benn and Ken Livingstone can be depicted as two of the leaders of the democratic socialist (or 'hard') left...
- Bierman, Noah (12 April 2014). "Bernie Sanders seeks to pull Democrats left in 2016 primary". The Boston Globe.
The lawmaker, who is possibly the most liberal of all members of Congress — and the only one to call himself a democratic socialist...
- Jamieson, Dave (6 May 2015). "Meet The Fist-Shaking Socialist Behind America's Highest Minimum Wage". The Huffington Post.
...identifies as a member of Socialist Alternative, an anti-capitalist, democratic-socialist party.
- Alan Ryan (1981). Bertrand Russell: A Political Life. Macmillan. p. 87. ISBN 9780374528201.
None the less Russell joined the ILP [Independent Labour Party] and declared himself a democratic socialist, then and thereafter.
- Isaacson, Walter (2007). Einstein: His Life and Universe. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9780743264747.
For the rest of his life Einstein would expound a democratic socialism that had a liberal, anti—authoritarian underpinning.
- Calaprice, Alice; Lipscombe, Trevor (2005). Albert Einstein: A Biography. Greenwood. p. 61. ISBN 9780313330803.
He committed himself to the democratic- socialist goals that became popular among intellectuals in Europe at the time.
- Sturm, Douglas (1990). "Martin Luther King, Jr., as Democratic Socialist". The Journal of Religious Ethics 18 (2): 79–105.
The essay argues that King was in fact a democratic socialist...
- Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou (20 January 2014). "The radical gospel of Martin Luther King". Al Jazeera.
King’s democratic socialism...
- Hendricks, Obery M. (20 January 2014). "The Uncompromising Anti-Capitalism of Martin Luther King Jr.". The Huffington Post.
For King the answer was democratic socialism.
- Chris Nineham (2007). The Shock Doctrine Book Review. Socialist Review. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
- Orwell, George (1968) . Bott, George, ed. Selected Writings. London: Heinemann. p. 103. ISBN 0-435-13675-5.
Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic socialism, as I understand it. [italics from printed source]
- "Andrei Sakharov". Spartacus Educational.
He also advocated the integration of the communist and capitalist systems to form what he called democratic socialism.
- Donald F. Busky, Democratic Socialism: A Global Survey Greenwood Publishing, 2000 ISBN 0-275-96886-3
- Michael Harrington, Socialism: Past and Future, Arcade Publishing /Little, Brown, 1989.
- Roy Hattersley Choose Freedom: The Future of Democratic Socialism, Penguin, 1987 ISBN 0-14-010494-1
- Ralph Miliband Socialism for a Sceptical Age Polity Press, London, 1994
- David Reisman, ed, Democratic Socialism in Britain: Classic Texts in Economic and Political Thought, 1825–1952 Chatto and Pickering, 1996 ISBN 978-1-85196-285-3. (Includes texts by William Morris, George Bernard Shaw, GDH Cole, Richard Crossman and Aneurin Bevan.)
- Norman Thomas Democratic Socialism: a new appraisal, League for Industrial Democracy, 1953
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