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  Democratic socialism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Democratic socialism is a broad political movement propagating the ideals of socialism within the context of a democratic system.
Democratic socialists maintain a commitment to the re-distribution of wealth and power and social ownership of most major industry, and some believe in a planned economy; these are all concepts which social democrats have largely abandoned.
Democratic socialists advocating direct action may tend to similar positions with anarcho-syndicalism (with which democratic socialism shares the characteristics of being both anti-capitalist and anti-authoritarian), although democratic socialists characteristically do not regard the state itself as an entity to be abolished.
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 Socialism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Socialism refers to a broad array of doctrines or political movements that envisage a socio-economic system in which property and the distribution of wealth are subject to social control.
These social critics saw themselves as reacting to the excesses of poverty and inequality in the period, and advocated reforms such as the egalitarian distribution of wealth and the transformation of society into small communities in which private property was to be abolished.
Criticisms of socialism range from disagreements over the efficiency of socialist economic and political models, to condemnation of states described by themselves or others as "socialist." Many economic liberals dispute that the more even distribution of wealth advocated by socialists can be achieved without loss of political or economic freedoms.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Socialism   (3425 words)

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A key element of democratic socialism, as distinct from social democracy, is meaningful participation and control of daily life at work and in the community (workers' and community self-management), with managers (where needed) elected by and responsible to workers and community members.
Social democracy can be viewed as having a common set of practices and a set of working assumptions including: (a) gradualism (progress little by little); (b) electoralism or parliamentarism (a reliance on getting elected and passing laws); and (c) statism, (a top-down administration of society, rather than grass-roots democracy).
Social democratic parties have been distinguished from liberal capitalist parties primarily by their earlier identification with socialism, by the remaining symbols of this identification, by their current close association with the official unions, and by their willingness to tolerate left wings which are more explicitly socialist.
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 Democratic Socialism: A Transformational Project : AZ IMC
Democratic socialism has a unique chance in this situation to prove itself as a project of justice that opposes the functionality or instrumentalization of individuals for capital exploitation… Democratic socialism means acting for the social equality and participation of all individuals in the basic conditions for a self-determined life in social security.
Social losses occurred in the wake of mass unemployment and destruction of the environment, as reactions to the indebtedness of public budgets, a rigorous austerity policy to the detriment of future-friendly and income-effective investments, the horror of market radical thinking before public employment and the dominant policy of social deregulation and privatization.
Social logic is entangled in harsh struggles with the entrepreneur side and middle class parties where the smallest social steps are regarded as ruinous for the economy in positional competition.
arizona.indymedia.org /print.php?id=7086   (3868 words)

 Socialist Party of Wisconsin » What is Democratic Socialism
Socialism in its essence is a state of society in which all people work cooperatively as equals for the common good of all.
Democratic socialists support the idea of democratic public control of those activities which are described as “the commanding heights” of the economy, but do not support the idea of state ownership of every human enterprise.
Democratic socialists have always favored PEACE and opposed war as a means of settling differences between nations and groups, thus, look to duly constituted courts to settle differences.
www.spwi.org /?page_id=10   (791 words)

 Democratic Socialism
Democratic socialists believes that the individuality of each human being can only be developed in a society embodying the values of liberty, equality, and solidarity.
While the freedoms of democratic capitalism are gains of popular struggle to be cherished, democratic socialists argue that the values of liberal democracy can only be fulfilled when the economy as well as the state is democratically controlled.
Radical critics of democratic socialism, such as Andre Gorz in the 1960s, contended that welfare state reforms only redistribute income and shore up capitalism, while "non-reformist reforms" which democratize control over capital (such as industry ownership, etc.) are central to the struggle for socialism.
www.chicagodsa.org /democraticsocialism.html   (5816 words)

 YDS > About YDS > Toward a Democratic Socialism
Hopes for a rapid democratic transition to socialism were shattered by the horrors of Stalinism and the failure of social democratic governments to discern a socialist road out of the Great Depression.
Democratic control of consumption should be as central to the socialist vision as democratic control over production, particularly given popular mistrust that socialism would be a bureaucratic nightmare which treated people as clients rather than citizens.
This democratic commitment to social pluralism does not negate the need for a democratic state that would ensure the rule of law, protect the environment, and insure a basic level of equity for each citizen.
www.ydsusa.org /toward_ds.html   (5103 words)

Social Democratic philosophy which believes that the humanitarian messages of Christianity ("Love thy neighbor as thyself", etc.) point toward socialism.
Democratic Socialists are opposed to both Communism and capitalism, feeling that both systems have failed to emancipate the workers of the world from exploitation.
Socially, economically, and politically, Stalinism shifts chaotically from purist, ultra-leftism (violent collectivization of farms and other property, purging of non-Stalin leftists, the "Third Period", etc.) to reactionary conservatism (militarism, patriotism, anti-Semitism, the Popular Front, and strong persecution of civil dissent).
reds.linefeed.org /vocab.html   (4786 words)

 The Challenge of Politics: An Introduction to Political Science
Democratic socialists maintain that key aspects of economic life must be publicly owned or socially controlled to ensure this equitable distribution.
Socially, democratic socialism involves the belief that all human beings, in a cooperative community, should have the opportunity to fulfill their good and creative potential.
Critics of democratic socialism argue that sooner or later the demand for equality will lead to a loss of liberty and that socialism is inherently inefficient.
www.cqpress.com /cs/challenge/chapter8.htm   (1024 words)

 the PDSP
The PDSP bases its understanding of democratic socialism on the principle that the economy, along with other aspects of social life such as politics and culture, should be run democratically to meet the needs of the whole community and not to make profits for a few.
Social democracy (sanlipunang demokrasya) is a societal model that promotes social unity and harmony by carrying out in concrete form the democratic and communitarian vision of democratic socialism.
The PDSP and its societal model of social democracy (sanlipunang demokrasya) are needed so that the people of the Philippines can put an end to the widespread poverty, malnutrition, poor health, lack of housing, lack of quality education, and lack of gainful and decent employment that burden the majority of the people.
members.tripod.com /~chapelnet/pdsp.htm   (1203 words)

 Communism, democratic socialism and the "New Man"
Communism and democratic socialism or interventionist welfarism (which has been the dominant force in law and government in the western world for the last few decades) in different ways attempt to create a "new man" through the establishment of a legal system based on equality, fairness and social justice.
The bankruptcy of socialism (the practice of which is an ever increasing government influence, power and control at the behest of specially favoured interest groups) is not recognised in many "democratic" countries.
Socialism in the sense of increasing government power and benefits to favoured groups is very much alive in Australia and the western world.
www.ourcivilisation.com /cooray/westdem/chap13.htm   (893 words)

  Social Democracy Versus Revolutionary Democratic Socialism
Social democratic parties have failed to educate the people about the nature and desirability of democratic socialism, or have miseducated them either by identifying it with state ownership or welfare capitalism.
While this is obviously “reformist”; and suffers from all of the defects of social democracy, the absence of any independent organizational working class or popular political base places it to the right of what has usually been considered social democracy.
For example, the Socialist People’s Parties in Norway and Denmark — to the left of the major social democratic parties — are represented in their parliaments, with the Danish party achieving 10% of the seats in 1989.
www.etext.org /Politics/AlternativeOrange/2/v2n3_sdvr.html   (3322 words)

 Socialist Theory Resources
Daraka Larimore-Hall, "Taking Sides: Democratic Socialism and American Politics" An article, written by a former YDS National Organizer outlines a democratic socialist approach to the challenges of the 2004 elections.
She was a critic of both Social Democratic reformism and Leninism.
Bernstein was a leader of German Social Democracy and a contemporary of Luxemburg.
democratic-socialists.uchicago.edu /theory.html   (517 words)

 Young Democratic Socialists Home   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Building democratic socialism is a long struggle, and we take it one step at a time.
Socialism is one of the most misused words in the American political vocabulary.
Democratic socialism also means fighting non-economic inequalities of power- including racism, sexism and heterosexism in all their forms.
www.ydsusa.org   (811 words)

 socialism f.a.q.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Democratic Socialism is the exciting, life affirming idea for a world that works for everyone, a vision whose time can come.
This is emphasized by my term "democratic socialism", but that is really surplusage; the kind of society I am advancing has nothing to do with the authoritarian states who hijacked the name for demagogic purposes.
In fact democratic socialism is a natural method to install fairness and love as the very basis for society.
www.socnet.net /faq.html   (4383 words)

 Party of Democratic Socialism (Germany)
The PDS is the successor party of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands or SED), the ruling party of the former German Democratic Republic.
However the main basis of the party and its voters is a sort of a nostalgic attitude to the former German Democratic Republic.
The PDS is mainly a regional party of the eastern Länder, the former German Democratic Republic.
www.fotw.us /flags/de}pds.html   (465 words)

 20th WCP: A Property Owning Democracy or a Liberal (Democratic) Socialism?: Which One is More Compatible with Rawlsian ...
I understand the choice between property-owning democracy and liberal socialism as the problem of which kind of regime is more compatible with the pluralism of modern democracies.
Given this fact of pluralism, the only fair basis for social cooperation is to allow a wide variety of determinate conceptions of the good (within the limits of justice) to flourish and for basic rights to maintain and protect such flourishing.
For it is certain that they get their current social status within the limits of justice during their own lives and so they are not inimical to the background justice of property owning democracy.
www.bu.edu /wcp/Papers/Poli/PoliJung.htm   (3477 words)

 A New Program FOR Democratic Socialism
If private ownership of the whole corporate sector within modern economies were to be replaced by some form of socialized ownership, a host of evils would have to be avoided, if the aim is to preserve the economic advantages of a market economy and protect the institutions of political democracy.
Detailed evidence buttresses a fundamental social critique of the capitalist mode of ownership for large firms, in terms of elimination of social privilege.
Extensive socialism on the plane of ownership can be combined with deliberate rejection of the “control” that has loomed large in socialist tradition.
www.atlasbooks.com /marktplc/rr00534.htm   (2715 words)

 Party of Democratic Socialism
With the Party of Democratic Socialism however all those, which regard the war as the wrong answer the international terrorism, have a reliable partner in the parliament.
Beginning with the elections 1998 and 1999 out-stepped the Party of Democratic Socialism from the phase of the survival fight and the self statement and a factor which can be taken seriously in the political system of the Federal Republic became.
The Party of Democratic Socialism is the socialist party of the Federal Republic and stands for social justice, for a certain, futurable development of the East German of countries and for a consistent policy of peace.
codesign.scu.edu /elections/page24.htm   (1592 words)

 Socialism in America
Socialism in America is alive, well, and growing.
But while a democratic state can protect individuals from domination by inordinately powerful, undemocratic transnational corporations, people develop the social bonds that render life meaningful only through cooperative, voluntary relationships.
The policy gains that have been made in recent years on both the international and domestic fronts are largely the result of the communications capability of these organizations.
www.sovereignty.net /center/socialists.htm   (605 words)

 Democratic Socialism | Democrats.com
Socialism mixed with capitalism is a better society.
We are rightly suspect of Socialism and Aristocracy.
It isn't "the evil socialism" that republicans want you to think it is, once you understand it, but it is a way to cover everyone in the nation without it costing any of us more money for health care.
www.democrats.com /node/6853   (2292 words)

 Party of Democratic Socialism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Party of Democratic Socialism professes itself to the democratic principles of the Basic Law and defends it against the neoliberals.
In one of the richest countries in the world the Party of Democratic Socialism is an internationalist party, which uses itself not only in Germany and Europe, but world-wide for peace, social justice and democracy.
The program of the Party of Democratic Socialism came from the Conference of the Party Congress of the Party of Democratic Socialism in January 1993.
itrs.scu.edu /elections/page22.htm   (161 words)

 Monthly Review May 1998 Albert Einstein
Since the real purpose of socialism is precisely to overcome and advance beyond the predatory phase of human development, economic science in its present state can throw little light on the socialist society of the future.
As a social being, he seeks to gain the recognition and affection of his fellow human beings, to share in their pleasures, to comfort them in their sorrows, and to improve their conditions of life.
It is on this that those who are striving to improve the lot of man may ground their hopes: human beings are not condemned, because of their biological constitution, to annihilate each other or to be at the mercy of a cruel, self-inflicted fate.
www.monthlyreview.org /598einst.htm   (2882 words)

 Venezuela's Challenge for the 21st Century: Building a Democratic, Humanist Socialism
We have to invent the new socialism for the 21st century.
Political pluralism became a watchword for the World Social Forum (WSF) and its leading convenors; certainly this could be understood as a healthy and understandable reaction to the evils perpetrated in the name of socialism throughout the 20th century.
We must reclaim socialism as a thesis, a project and a path, but a new type of socialism, a humanist one, which puts humans and not machines or the state ahead of everything.
www.venezuelanalysis.com /articles.php?artno=1393   (1145 words)

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