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What is Democratic Socialism? - And Do You Support It?
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  • oliver-t-huxley
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    Democratic Socialism is, in its broadest sense, the push to bring the economy and political structure of a nation under the democratic control of the people. It is the idea that a nation's resources should be owned by its people and that the benefits of those resources should be felt by the citizens rather than by a handful of private interests. People's lives should not be commodified, and the "market" is not what you should structure society on. Turning patients in hospitals or students at schools into "customers" at "businesses" is morally wrong, economically inefficient, and ultimately leads to a consolidation of wealth and power in an elite few who can afford these "services." It is the idea that the people should hold power. Government positions should be in the form of civil servants not a moneyed, elite group of careerists. Each citizen has not just the right but the absolute GUARANTEED ability to have their voice heard. Government should be transparent, efficient, and open to the public's scrutiny and interaction at all levels. A democratic government's function is to protect and serve its people and act as an organ of the public. Many in the modern world conflate Social Democracy (The Nordic Model and the furthest left you can go in a mainly Capitalist state, using Socialist ideas to ease the less sustainable aspects of Capitalist profit motived) with Democratic Socialism (a reorganizing of society to benefit and give power to the people and remove the profit motive from people's basic existence). Ultimately it is the refutation of the belief that your worth as a human being is how much fiat currency you can generate for either yourself or somebody above you profiting off of your labor and life. It has a tradition of many great thinkers and individuals... Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Einstein, George Orwell (his writings are parody of Stalinism and authoritarianism, not Socialism), Francis Bellamy (Christian Socialist and author of the original Pledge of Allegiance), Eugene Victor Debs, Helen Keller, and many others. Fun fact... the current Dalai Lama is a Marxist Socialist.

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