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  Social democracy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Social democracy is a political ideology that emerged in the late 19th and early 20th centuries from supporters of Marxism.
Modern social democracy emphasises a program of gradual legislative reform of the capitalist system in order to make it more equitable and humane, while the theoretical end goal of building a socialist society is either completely forgotten or redefined in a pro-capitalist way.
Social democrats usually retort by arguing that their policies are in fact enhancing individual rights, by raising the standard of living of the vast majority of the population and eliminating the threat of extreme poverty.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Social_democracy   (2714 words)

 Social democracy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Social democracy is a political ideology emerging in the late 19th and early 20th centuries from supporters of Marxism who believed that the transition to a socialist society could be achieved through democratic evolutionary rather than revolutionary means.
Many have claimed that the present leadership of the social democratic movement have betrayed social democratic principles; to which modernizing social democrats counter that their 'new' social democracy is an adaptation of those historic principles to the reality of the modern world.
Right-wingers typically argue that social democratic systems are too restrictive on their version of individual rights, and that individual choice is not as great in systems that provide state-run schools, health care, child care and other services.
www.cupertino.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/Social-democracy   (1809 words)

 ipedia.com: Social Democracy Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Social Democracy is a political ideology emerging in the late 19th and early 20th centuries from supporters of Marxism who believed that the transition to a socialist society could be achieved through...
Social democrats are often described, particularly by revolutionary socialists as being reformists that is in favour of change through gradual reforms in the capitalist system.
Critics of social democracy argue that individual rights suffer in favour of the rights of the community and that individual choice is not as great in systems that provide state run schools, health care, child care and other services.
www.ipedia.com /social_democracy_3.html   (1955 words)

 Glossary of Terms: So
Social Imperialism was the term used by the Chinese to describe the Soviet Union after the Sino-Soviet Split.
Those social struggles which arise on the basis of irreconcilable conflicts within a society or which strike at the very basis of society have to be distinguished from social movements, which on the whole, aim to achieve their goals within the bounds of existing society.
Social democrats often say that the most effective way of defending and improving workers’ living standards is not to award pay rises, but to increase the benefits that workers receive via state services.
www.marxists.org /glossary/terms/s/o.htm   (4116 words)

 WorldNetDaily: Defining 'social democracy'   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Social Democrats in both political parties are transforming America from a system of limited government, empowered by the consent of the people, to a social democracy in which the government is the supreme arbiter and enforcer of the redistribution of wealth, and the dictator of socially acceptable behavior.
The socialists are winning, not because the people have debated, considered and voted to become a social democracy, but because the people have not resisted the socialist initiatives.
In fact, the very people who would violently oppose changing our form of government to a social democracy often support socialist initiatives because they are carefully labeled "smart growth," "sustainable development," "comprehensive land-use planning," "School to Work," "campaign reform," and on and on and on.
www.worldnetdaily.com /news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=26947   (709 words)

 Online Encyclopedia and Dictionary - Social democracy
Over the course of the twentieth century, parties such as the Labour Party in the United Kingdom, the German SPD and many other such parties throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand contested elections with policies such as stronger labor laws, nationalization of major industries, and a strong welfare state.
Social democratic parties are political parties that aim to build social democracy in their own nations.
Most of these parties are found in coutries that use liberal democracy as their government.
fact-archive.com /encyclopedia/Social_Democrats   (1824 words)

 Social Democracy and Parliamentarism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
After all, Social Democracy’s real nature, its historical calling, is to impart to the proletariat a clear consciousness of the social and political motive forces of bourgeois development, both as a whole and in all their details.
Social Democracy has an easy time of it vis-à-vis the reactionary majority, since the party is the sole consistent and reliable advocate of the interests of the people’s prosperity and of progress in all areas of public life.
As Social Democracy develops and grows stronger, it becomes increasingly necessary, especially in parliament, that it is not submerged in individual questions of daily life and thus only carries on political opposition.
www.marxists.org /archive/luxembur/works/1904/06_05.htm   (2265 words)

 Category:Social democracy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
During the early and mid-20th century, social democrats were in favor of stronger labor laws, nationalization of major industries, and a strong welfare state.
Over the course of the 20th century, most social democrats gradually distanced themselves from Marxism and class struggle.
The main article for this category is Social democracy.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Category:Social_democracy   (148 words)

 Democracy: A Social Power Analysis
Democracy is best defined as a society in which all social power is held by or is effectively responsible to the people over whom it is exercised.
Democracy is indivisible; it is a condition of the whole society.
Democracy won't end humanity's history of conflict, but it can provide the institutional framework in which conflicts are settled nonviolently and in which concentrations of irresponsible power are consciously prevented before they can become dangerous.
www.co-intelligence.org /CIPol_democSocPwrAnal.html   (5081 words)

 IALHI News Service: Re-thinking Social Democracy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The purpose is to re-think and re-position social democracy as a practical political project for the 21st century.
Since the end of the cold war and the apparent triumph of neo-liberal globalisation, the prospects for social democracy appear to have been transformed in complex ways.
For decades social democrats in developed states, seeking electoral support and viable economic growth strategies, have argued over the relationship between means (notably state intervention) and ends (prosperity and equality), and repeatedly insisted on the primacy of ends over particular means.
www.ialhi.org /news/i0512_16.html   (682 words)

 Josi Vidal-Beneyto, Privatising social democracy
During these times of crisis, the social compact between labour (represented by the unions), business and the state is liable to break down.
The renewal of Social Democracy (5) by Tony Blair's adviser, Anthony Giddens, and Aufbruch, die Politik des Neuen Mitte (Fresh start, a policy for the new centre) (6) by Bodo Hombach, Federal Minister for Special Tasks in the German government and close associate of Schroder, who contributed an epilogue to the book.
To explain its present parlous state, these two authors mount a devastating attack on the foundations of social democracy, namely the workforce, the labour movement, the unions, the state and particularly the welfare state, which they hold responsible for the current stagnation.
www.hartford-hwp.com /archives/60/094.html   (1410 words)

 Modern History Sourcebook: German Social Democracy, 1891
The German Social Democratic Party, founded in 1875, was a parliamentary partuy and advocated a moderate program of social and economic reform.
In recognition of this, the Social Democratic Party of Germany feels and declares itself to be one with the class­conscious workmen of all other countries.
The Social Democratic Party of Germany does not fight, accordingly, for new class­privileges and class­rights, but for the abolition of classrule and of classes themselves, for equal rights and equal duties of all, without distinction of sex or descent.
www.fordham.edu /halsall/mod/1891erfurt.html   (925 words)

 WorldChanging: Another World Is Here: Future Democracy
His latest essay, Live Long and Prosper: A Program of Technoprogressive Social Democracy, is a challenging foray into what will be, if not the key defining question of the early 21st century, the issue that will underlie our collective responses to the myriad challenges we will face in the years and decades to come.
Logistical difficulties aside, it's a big jump from representative democracy to active participation in a 'to each person a vote' (on issues, not politicians) democracy that requires willingness and maturity of each individual to share the responsibility of thoughtful, considered governance and accept the decisions of the majority rule (and potential inconsistencies between policy decisions).
Democracy takes many forms, and the practical and institutional experiments implementing the democratic idea are proliferating to this day.
www.worldchanging.com /archives/003230.html   (6740 words)

 Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal: Social Democracy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
We should guarantee a basic Social Security benefit of roughly half of pre-retirement after-tax income--a replacement rate for the median worker, counting state and local as well as federal taxes, of roughly 30 percent of pre-retirement pre-tax income.
Currently, the Social Security Administration's actuaries have a set of assumptions about economic growth, interest rates, and equity returns that I believe are inappropriate, and make pre-funded systems look artificially good and pay-as-you-go systems look artificially bad.
Such a system is, I think, best operated with a Social Security Board of Trustees with a fiduciary duty to maintain the long-run actuarial balance of the system, and the power to alter benefit levels (and, within limits, contribution rates) to achieve that long-run actuarial balance.
delong.typepad.com /sdj/social_democracy   (1782 words)

 Monetizing Envy and America’s Housing Bubble by Eric Englund
The United States has devolved from a republic to a social democracy in which its citizens, for the most part, have become rude, lazy, stupid, and hedonistic (all characteristics of a people with high time preferences – refer to page 68 of Democracy: The God That Failed).
However, these low rates are not sustainable in a social democracy which inherently is populated by people with high time preferences.
For envy truly is the basis of democracy and thus can never provide a stable foundation for peaceful self-governance let alone the housing market.
www.lewrockwell.com /englund/englund13.html   (3194 words)

 Democracy Now! | Leaked GOP Memo: Privatizing Social Security Would Be "One of the Most Significant Conservative ...
Social Security was designed in 1935 for a different world than the one we live in today.
Social Security may be facing a challenge in the future, sometime after the baby boomers retire, because we have this trust fund that we have created, but nowhere near a fiscal collapse, and nothing like the time frame that the administration is talking about.
This administration is trying to make people afraid that the Social Security system is going to collapse, and therefore, they're trying to get us to all buy their plan to cut Social Security benefits, and privatize the Social Security system right now.
www.democracynow.org /article.pl?sid=05/01/14/1519241   (2622 words)

 History of the Second International
The little town of Chur was chosen and the Belgian socialists, the French Parti Ouvrier, the German social democracy, and the Swiss social democracy, participated in the preparations for the congress which would lead to the founding of the Socialist International.
Rosa Luxemburg was a leader of both the German and Polish Social Democrats, an electrifying speaker who always stood on the left wing of social democracy.
The Social Democratic Federation (SDF) became the first Marxist political group in Britain and its members included trade unionists such as Tom Mann, John Burns and Ben Tillet, as well as Eleanor Marx, Edward Aveling, William Morris, George Lansbury and H. Champion.
www.marxists.org /history/international/social-democracy   (3280 words)

 Two Tactics of Social-Democracy
proletariat, which is fighting for democracy in front of all and at the head of all, must not for a single moment forget about the new antagonisms that are inherent in bourgeois democracy and about the new struggle.
Whoever wants to reach Socialism by a different road, other than that of political democracy, will inevitably arrive at conclusions that are absurd and reactionary both in the economic and the political sense.
In classifying the big social groups according to their political tendencies we can, without danger of serious error, identify revolutionary and republican democracy with the mass of the peasants -- of course, in the same sense and with the same reservations and implied conditions as we can identify the working class with Social-Democracy.
www.marx2mao.com /Lenin/TT05.html   (15841 words)

 Amazon.com: Democracy: Volume 17, Part 1 (Social Philosophy and Policy): Books: Ellen Frankel Paul,Jr, Fred D. ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Some examine the difficulties involved in determining and carrying out the will of the people; some address questions relating to the kinds of influence citizens can or should have over their representatives.
Other essays analyze democratic institutions, while still others examine the relationship between democracy and value pluralism, or consider the suitability of democracy as a form of government in non-Western societies.
The sovereignty of the people, it is widely said, is the foundation of modern democracy.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0521786207?v=glance   (606 words)

 Network Democracy - Social Security
From April 19 through June 4, 1999, Information Renaissance in collaboration with Americans Discuss Social Security hosted a non-partisan electronic discussion and debate on Social Security reform.
The National Dialogue on Social Security is part of the Network Democracy program of Information Renaissance, which seeks to expand opportunities for public participation in government through the use of the Internet.
Review background material on the Social Security system and arguments for its reform.
www.network-democracy.org /social-security   (233 words)

 Bibliography on the CCF-NDP and Canadian Social Democracy
It was prepared for a course which studied the development of social democracy in Canada and explored the history, philosophy and policies of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) and the New Democratic Party (NDP).
The course concluded with a discussion on the future of the NDP and social democracy.
M. Schwartz, "North American Social Democracy in the 1990s: The NDP in Ontario" in Canadian-American Public Policy, #17, April 1994.
www.web.net /~ondp/biblio_whitehrn.html   (1348 words)

 ProfessorBainbridge.com: The Consequences of Social Democracy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
There are some who would like the US to adopt the social democratic/economic policies pursued in so much of Western Europe.
The next time somebody tells you the US should be more like European social democracies, ask them how many square feet their household occupies.
The learned Professor Stephen Bainbridge of UCLA disdains this notion in a post that endeavors to illuminate "The Consequences of Social Democracy." The shortcomings of social-dem...
www.professorbainbridge.com /2004/06/the_consequence.html   (1086 words)

 Social Democracy Vita @ PriceOfFreedom.com (Price of Freedom)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
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 In My Opinion Two WebRing
Established in Hilden village in 1875, on the banks of the river Lagan, Hilden School has a long and noble heritage of educating the working-classes of all religious denominations (and none) in a historically segregated society.
DDC works for direct democracy in Canada and, by extension, offers a model for direct democracy in the United States.
The Multiracial Activist (TMA) is a libertarian oriented activist journal covering social and civil liberties issues of interest to to individuals who perceive themselves to be "biracial" or "multiracial," "interracial" couples/families and "transracial" adoptees.
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