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{{redirect|Democratic socialists|a list of parties named as such|Democratic Socialist Party (disambiguation){{!}}Democratic Socialist Party}}{{distinguish|social democracy}}{{use British English|date=May 2019}}{{short description|Form of socialism that advocates political democracy alongside a socially owned economy}}{{socialism sidebar}}Democratic socialism is a term used to refer to the socialist political philosophy which advocates political democracy alongside a socially owned economy,Busky, Donald F. (20 July 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." with an emphasis on workers' self-management and democratic control of economic institutions within a market or some form of a decentralised planned socialist economy.Anderson, Gary L.; Herr, Kathryn G. (2007). Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice. SAGE Publications. p. 448. {{ISBN|978-1412918121}}. "Some have endorsed the concept of market socialism, a post-capitalist economy that retains market competition but socialises the means of production, and in some versions, extends democracy to the workplace. Some hold out for a non-market, participatory economy. All democratic socialists agree on the need for a democratic alternative to capitalism." Democratic socialists argue that capitalism is inherently incompatible with the values of freedom, equality and solidarity and that these ideals can be achieved only through the realisation of a socialist society. Although most democratic socialists are seeking a very gradual transition to socialism, Busky, Donald F. (20 July 2000). Democratic Socialism: A Global Survey. Praeger. pp. 10. {{ISBN|978-0275968861}}. "The majority of democratic socialists are evolutionary socialists – seeking a very gradual transition to socialism, leaving most industries for the time being in the hands of private capitalists." democratic socialism can support either revolutionary or reformist politics as a means to establish socialism.Kurian, George Thomas; Alt, James E.; Chambers, Simone; Garrett, Geoffrey; Levi, Margaret; McClain Paula D. (12 October 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 realise democratic practices. The internal conflicts within capitalism require a transition to socialism. Private property must be superseded by a form of collective ownership."In the term democratic socialism, the adjective democratic is added and used to distinguish democratic socialists from Marxist–Leninist inspired socialism which to many is viewed as being undemocratic or authoritarian in practice.Eatwell, Eoger; Wright, Anthony (1 March 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."Busky, Donald F. (20 July 2000). Democratic Socialism: A Global Survey. Praeger. pp. 7–8. {{ISBN|978-0275968861}}. "Sometimes simply called socialism, more often than not, the adjective democratic is added by democratic socialists to attempt to distinguish themselves from Communists who also call themselves socialists. All but communists, or more accurately, Marxist-Leninists, believe that modern-day communism is highly undemocratic and totalitarian in practice, and democratic socialists wish to emphasise by their name that they disagree strongly with the Marxist-Leninist brand of socialism."Prychito, David L. (31 July 2002). Markets, Planning, and Democracy: Essays After the Collapse of Communism. Edward Elgar Publishing. p. 72. {{ISBN|978-1840645194}}. "It is perhaps less clearly understood that advocates of democratic socialism (who are committed to socialism in the above sense but opposed to Stalinist-style command planning) advocate a decentralised socialism, whereby the planning process itself (the integration of all productive units into one huge organisation) would follow the workers' self-management principle." Democratic socialists oppose the Stalinist political system and the Soviet-type economic system, rejecting the perceived authoritarian form of governance and highly centralised command economy that took form in the Soviet Union and other Marxist–Leninist states in the early 20th century. Democratic socialism is distinguished from meliorist and Third Way social democracy on the basis that democratic socialists are committed to systemic transformation of the economy from capitalism to socialism whereas Third Way social democrats are opposed to ultimately ending capitalism and are instead supportive of progressive reforms to capitalism.In contrast to modern social democrats, democratic socialists believe that policy reforms and state interventions aimed at addressing social inequalities and suppressing the economic contradictions of capitalism will ultimately exacerbate the contradictions, seeing them emerge elsewhere in the economy under a different guise.Clarke, Peter (1981). Liberals and Social Democrats. Cambridge University Press. {{ISBN|978-0-521-28651-0}}.Bardhan, Pranab; Roemer, John E. (1992). "Market Socialism: A Case for Rejuvenation". Journal of Economic Perspectives. 6 (3): 101–116. {{doi|10.1257/jep.6.3.101}}. ISSN 0895-3309. "Since it [social democracy] permits a powerful capitalist class to exist (90 percent of productive assets are privately owned in Sweden), only a strong and unified labor movement can win the redistribution through taxes that is characteristic of social democracy. It is idealistic to believe that tax concessions of this magnitude can be effected simply through electoral democracy without an organized labor movement, when capitalists organize and finance influential political parties. Even in the Scandinavian countries, strong apex labor organizations have been difficult to sustain and social democracy is somewhat on the decline now."Weisskopf, Thomas E. (1994). "Challenges to Market Socialism: A Response to Critics". In Roosevelt III, Franklin D.; Belkin, David (eds.). Why Market Socialism? Voices from Dissent. Armonk, New York: M. E. Sharpe. pp. 297–318. {{ISBN|978-1-56324-465-0}}. "Social democracy achieves greater egalitarianism via ex post government taxes and subsidies, where market socialism does so via ex ante changes in patterns of enterprise ownership. [...] [T]he maintenance of property-owning capitalists under social democracy assures the presence of a disproportionately powerful class with a continuing interest in challenging social democratic government policies."Ticktin, Hillel (1998). "The Problem is Market Socialism". In Ollman, Bertell (ed.). Market Socialism: The Debate Among Socialists. New York: Routledge. pp. 55–80. {{ISBN|978-0-415-91966-1}}. "The Marxist answers that [...] it involves limiting the incentive system of the market through providing minimum wages, high levels of unemployment insurance, reducing the size of the reserve army of labour, taxing profits, and taxing the wealthy. As a result, capitalists will have little incentive to invest and the workers will have little incentive to work. Capitalism works because, as Marx remarked, it is a system of economic force (coercion)."Schweickart, David (2007). "Democratic Socialism". In Anderson, Gary L.; Herr, Kathryn G. (eds.). Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice. 1. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications. {{ISBN|978-1-4129-1812-1}}. "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.)"Schweickart, David (2007). "Democratic Socialism". In Anderson, Gary L.; Herr, Kathryn G. (eds.). Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice. 1. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications. {{ISBN|978-1-4129-1812-1}}. "Virtually all [democratic] socialists have distanced themselves from the economic model long synonymous with socialism (i.e., the Soviet model of a nonmarket, centrally planned economy). [...] 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 hold out for a nonmarket, participatory economy. All democratic socialists agree on the need for a democratic alternative to capitalism." Democratic socialists believe the fundamental issues with capitalism are systemic in nature and can only be resolved by replacing the capitalist economic system with socialism, i.e. by replacing private ownership with collective ownership of the means of production and extending democracy to the economic sphere.Anderson, Gary L.; Herr, Kathryn G. (2007). Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice. SAGE Publications. 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 labour 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, labour discipline breaks down.)"The origins of democratic socialism can be traced to 19th-century utopian socialist thinkers and the British Chartist movement that differed in detail yet all shared the essence of democratic decision making and public ownership of the means of production as positive characteristics of the society they advocated.Sargent, Lyman Tower (2008). "The Principles of Democratic Socialism". Contemporary Political Ideologies: A Comparative Analysis, 14th Edition. Wadsworth Publishing. p. 118. {{ISBN|978-0495569398}}. "Still, the origins of contemporary democratic socialism are best located in the early to mid-nineteenth century writings of the so-called utopian socialists, Robert Owen (1771–1858), Charles Fourier (1772–1837), Claude-Henri Saint-Simon (1760–1825), and Etienne Cabet (1788–1856). All these writers proposed village communities combining industrial and agricultural production, owned in varying ways, by the inhabitants themselves. Thus the essence of early socialism was public ownership of the means of production. These theorists also included varying forms of democratic political decision making, but they all distrusted the ability of people raised under capitalism to understand what was in their own best interest." In the late 19th century and early 20th century, democratic socialism was also influenced by social democracy. For instance, the gradualist, reformist socialism promoted by the British Fabian Society and Eduard Bernstein's evolutionary socialism in Germany influenced the development of democratic socialism.WEB,weblink The Tindemans Report and the European Future, Thomson, George, 1 March 1976, 22 June 2019, BOOK, Cole, Margaret, The Story of Fabian Socialism, Stanford University Press, 1961, 978-0804700917,weblink Bernstein, Eduard (1899). "Evolutionary Socialism". Marxists Internet Archive. Retrieved 14 May 2019.



{{Marxism|Variants}}{{social democracy sidebar|development}}Democratic socialism is defined as having a socialist economy in which the means of production are socially and collectively owned or controlled, alongside a democratic political system of government. Democratic socialism rejects self-described socialist states as it rejects Marxism–Leninism and its derivatives such as Stalinism and Maoism, among others. As a result, Peter Hain classifies democratic socialism along with libertarian socialism as a form of anti-authoritarian socialism from below (using the term popularised by Hal Draper) in contrast to Stalinism and state socialism. For Hain, this democratic/authoritarian divide is more important than the revolutionary/reformist divide.Hain, Peter (1995). Ayes to the Left. Lawrence and Wishart. In this type of democratic socialism, it is the active participation of the population as a whole and workers in particular in the self-management of the economy that characterises democratic socialism while nationalisation and centralised economic planning (whether coordinated by an elected government or not) are characteristic of state socialism. A similar, more complex argument is made by Nicos Poulantzas.Poulantzas, Nico (May–June 1978). "Towards a Democratic Socialism". New Left Review. I (109). Draper himself used the term revolutionary-democratic socialism as a type of socialism from below in his The Two Souls of Socialism, writing: "[T]he leading spokesman in the Second International of a revolutionary-democratic Socialism-from-Below [...] was Rosa Luxemburg, who so emphatically put her faith and hope in the spontaneous struggle of a free working class that the myth-makers invented for her a "theory of spontaneity".{{sfn|Draper|1966|loc=Chapter 7: The "Revisionist" Facade}} Similarly, he wrote about Eugene V. Debs: "Debsian socialism" evoked a tremendous response from the heart of the people, but Debs had no successor as a tribune of revolutionary-democratic socialism".{{sfn|Draper|1966|loc=Chapter 8: The 100% American Scene}}Democratic socialism has also been defined as social democracy prior to the 1970s, when the displacement of Keynesianism caused many social democratic parties to adopt the Third Way ideology, accepting capitalism as the current powers that be and redefining socialism in a way that it maintains the capitalist structure intact.Barrientos, Armando; Powell, Martin (2004). "The Route Map of the Third Way". In Hale, Sarah; Leggett, Will; Martell, Luke (eds.). The Third Way and Beyond: Criticisms, Futures and Alternatives. Manchester University Press. {{ISBN|978-0-7190-6598-9}}.Corfe, Robert (2010). The Future of Politics: With the Demise of the Left/Right Confrontational System. Bury St Edmunds, England: Arena Books. {{ISBN|978-1-906791-46-9}}. As an example, the new version of Clause IV of the New Labour Constitution conflates democratic socialism with modern social democracy. While affirming a commitment to democratic socialism,WEB,weblink Chapter 1, Constitutional rules, Page 3, Clause IV, Aims and values, Labour Party, WEB,weblink How we work – How the party works, Labour Party, 31 May 2013, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 6 June 2013, dmy-all, it no longer definitely commits the party to public ownership of industry and in its place advocates "the enterprise of the market and the rigour of competition" along with "high quality public services [...] either owned by the public or accountable to them". Like traditional social democracy, democratic socialism tends to follow a gradual, reformist or evolutionary path to socialism rather than a revolutionary one, a tendency that is captured in the statement that Labour Party revisionist Anthony Crosland, intellectual leader of the liberal and right-wing of the party, "argued that the socialism of the pre-war world (not just that of the Marxists, but of the democratic socialists too) were now increasingly irrelevant".Hamilton, Malcolm (1989). Democratic Socialism in Britain and Sweden. St Martin's Press.JOURNAL, Pierson, Chris, 2005, Lost property: What the Third Way lacks,weblink Journal of Political Ideologies, 10, 2, 145–163, 10.1080/13569310500097265, This tendency is also often invoked in an attempt to distinguish democratic socialism from Marxist–Leninist socialism as in Norman Thomas' Democratic Socialism: A New Appraisal,Thomas, Norman (1953). Democratic Socialism: A New Appraisal. Roy Hattersley's Choose Freedom: The Future of Democratic Socialism,Hattersley, Roy (1987). Choose Freedom: The Future of Democratic Socialism. Jim Tomlinson's Democratic Socialism and Economic Policy: The Attlee Years, 1945–1951Tomlinson, Jim (1997). Democratic Socialism and Economic Policy: The Attlee Years, 1945–1951. and Donald F. Busky's Democratic Socialism: A Global Survey. A variant of this set of definitions is Joseph Schumpeter's argument set out in Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy (1941) that liberal democracies were evolving from liberal capitalism into democratic socialism with the growth of workers' self-management, industrial democracy and regulatory institutions.Medearis, John (1997). "Schumpeter, the New Deal, and Democracy". The American Political Science Review.As a term, democratic socialism has some significant overlap on practical policy positions with social democracy, although they are often distinguished from each other. Policies commonly supported are Keynesian in nature, including significant of regulation over a mixed economy, social insurance schemes, public pension programs and a gradual expansion of public ownership over major industries.Sargent, Lyman Tower (2008). "The Principles of Democratic Socialism". Contemporary Political Ideologies: A Comparative Analysis (14th ed.). Wadsworth Publishing. p. 117. {{ISBN|978-0495569398}}. "Democratic socialism can be characterised as follows:
  • Much property held by the public through a democratically elected government, including most major industries, utilities, and transportation systems
  • A limit on the accumulation of private property
  • Governmental regulation of the economy
  • Extensive publicly financed assistance and pension programs
  • Social costs and the provision of services added to purely financial considerations as the measure of efficiency
Publicly held property is limited to productive property and significant infrastructure; it does not extend to personal property, homes, and small businesses. And in practice in many democratic socialist countries, it has not extended to many large corporations." Policies such as free healthcare and education are described as "pure Socialism" because they are opposed to "the hedonism of capitalist society". Partly because of this overlap, some political commentators use the terms interchangeably.Sargent, Lyman Tower (2009). Contemporary Political Ideologies: A Comparative Analysis (14th ed.). Wadsworth Publishing. p. 117. "Because many communists now call themselves democratic socialists, it is sometimes difficult to know what a political label really means. As a result, social democratic has become a common new label for democratic socialist political parties."Hain, Peter (26 January 2015). Back to the Future of Socialism. Policy Press. p. 3. "Crosland's response to 1951 was to develop his 'revisionist' theory of socialism, what today we call democratic socialism or 'social democracy'. By freeing Labour from past fixations that social change had rendered redundant, and by offering fresh objectives to replace those which had already been achieved or whose relevance had faded over time, Crosland showed how socialism made sense in modern society." The difference between the two is that modern social democrats support practical reforms to capitalism as an end in itself whereas democratic socialists ultimately want to go beyond social democratic reforms and advocate systemic transformation of the economy from capitalism to socialism. During the late 20th century, these labels were embraced, contested and rejected due to the emergence of developments within the European left such as Eurocommunism, the rise of neoliberalism, the fall of the Soviet Union and Marxist–Leninist governments, the Third Way and the rise of anti-austerity and Occupy movements in the late 2000s and early 2010s due to the global financial crisis of 2007–2008 and the Great Recession. This latest development contributed to the rise of politicians that represent the more traditional social democracy such as Jeremy Corbyn in the United Kingdom and Bernie Sanders in the United States,Tarnoff, Ben (12 July 2017). "How social media saved socialism". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 May 2019. "Socialism is stubborn. After decades of dormancy verging on death, it is rising again in the westIn the UK, Jeremy Corbyn just led the Labour party to its largest increase in vote share since 1945 on the strength of its most radical manifesto in decades. In France, the leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon recently came within two percentage points of breaking into the second round of the presidential election. And in the US, the country's most famous socialist – Bernie Sanders – is now its most popular politician. [...] For the resurgent left, an essential spark is social media. In fact, it's one of the most crucial and least understood catalysts of contemporary socialism. Since the networked uprisings of 2011 – the year of the Arab spring, Occupy Wall Street and the Spanish indignados – we've seen how social media can rapidly bring masses of people into the streets. But social media isn't just a tool for mobilizing people. It's also a tool for politicizing them." who assumed the label democratic socialist to describe their rejection of centrist, Third Way politicians that supported triangulation within the Labour and Democratic parties.Huges, Laura (24 February 2016). "Tony Blair admits he can't understand the popularity of Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 May 2019. "In a joint Guardian and Financial Times interview, Mr Blair said he believed some of Mr Sanders' and Mr Corbyn's success was due to the "loss of faith in that strong, centrist progressive position", which defined his own career. He said: "One of the strangest things about politics at the moment – and I really mean it when I say I'm not sure I fully understand politics right now, which is an odd thing to say, having spent my life in it – is when you put the question of electability as a factor in your decision to nominate a leader, it's how small the numbers are that this is the decisive factor. That sounds curious to me.""Democratic socialism hits the heartland: Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders to campaign in deep-red Kansas". NBC News. 20 July 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2019.The section of social democracy that remained committed to the gradual abolition of capitalism and anti-Third Way social democrats merged into democratic socialism. Certain democratic socialists who came from Marxism emphasised Karl Marx's belief in democracy and called themselves democratic socialists to highlight their rejection of authoritarian forms of socialism such as Marxist–Leninism. There is considerable controversy among scholars regarding Marx's attitude towards democracy and two lines of thought developed from Marx, namely one emphasising democracy (democratic socialism) and one rejecting it (Marxism–Leninism), leading other socialists to reject Marx.Sargent Tower, Lyman (2009). Contemporary Political Ideologies: A Comparative Analysis (14th ed.). Wadsworth Publishing. p. 118. The orthodox Marxist Socialist Party of Great Britain and the World Socialist Movement define socialism in its classical formulation as a "system of society based upon the common ownership and democratic control of the means and instruments for producing and distributing wealth by and in the interest of the community". Additionally, it includes statelessness, classlessness and the abolition of wage labour as characteristics of a socialist society—characteristics that are usually reserved to describe a communist society, but that both Marx and Friedrich Engels used to describe with the words socialism and communism interchangeably. Therefore, socialism can also be characterised as a stateless, propertyless, post-monetary economy based on calculation in kind, a free association of producers (workplace democracy) and free access to goods and services produced solely for use and not for exchange.WEB,weblink Our Object and Declaration of Principles, Socialist Party of Great Britain, 15 June 2019, WEB,weblink Questions and Answers about Socialism, Socialist Party of Great Britain, 15 June 2019, WEB,weblink What is Socialism?, Socialist Party of Great Britain, 15 June 2019, As a democratic socialist definition, the political scientist Lyman Tower Sargent proposes as follows: Another example is the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), with the organisation defining socialism as a decentralised socially-owned economy, stating: }}The DSA has been critical of so-called socialist states, arguing that "[j]ust because their bureaucratic elites called them "socialist" did not make it so; they also called their regimes "democratic".WEB,weblink Democratic Socialists of America, 5 December 2017, Hasn't socialism been discredited by the collapse of Communism in the USSR and Eastern Europe?, While ultimately committed to socialism, the DSA focuses their political activities on reforms within capitalism, arguing: "As we are unlikely to see an immediate end to capitalism tomorrow, DSA fights for reforms today that will weaken the power of corporations and increase the power of working people".WEB,weblink Democratic Socialists of America, 5 December 2017, About DSA, Labour Party politician Peter Hain gives the following definition: Tony Benn, another Labour Party politician, described democratic socialism as a socialism that is "open, libertarian, pluralistic, humane and democratic; nothing whatever in common with the harsh, centralised, dictatorial and mechanistic images which are purposely presented by our opponents and a tiny group of people who control the mass media in Britain".BOOK,weblink Arguments for socialism, Benn, Tony, Mullin, Chris, 1979, J. Cape, The term is sometimes used to refer to policies within capitalism as opposed to an ideology that aims to transcend and replace capitalism, although this is not always the case. For example, Robert M. Page, a reader in Democratic Socialism and Social Policy at the University of Birmingham, wrote about trans-formative democratic socialism to refer to the politics of Labour Party Prime Minister Clement Attlee and its government (a strong welfare state, fiscal redistribution and some public ownership) and revisionist democratic socialism as developed by Labour Party politician Anthony Crosland and Labour Party Prime Minister Harold Wilson, arguing: Some tendencies of democratic socialism advocate for revolution in order to transition to socialism, distinguishing it from some forms of social democracy."What is Democratic Socialism? Questions and Answers from the Democratic Socialists of America" (PDF). {{webarchive|url=|date=1 July 2009}}. The term democratic socialism can also be used to refer to a version of the Soviet Union model that was reformed in a democratic way. For example, Mikhail Gorbachev described perestroika as building a "new, humane and democratic socialism".Christensen, Paul T. (1990). "Perestroika and the Problem of Socialist Renewal". Social Text. Consequently, some former communist parties have re-branded themselves as democratic socialist such as The Left in Germany,Cini, Michelle; Borragan, Nieves Perez-Solorzano, eds. (2013). "Glossary". European Union Politics. Oxford University Press. p. 387. {{ISBN|978-0-19-969475-4}}.WEB,weblink Germany, Nordsieck, Wolfram, Parties and Elections in Europe, 2017, 19 June 2019, a party succeeding the Party of Democratic Socialism, itself the legal successor of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany.BOOK, Tangian, Andranik, Mathematical Theory of Democracy,weblink 2013, Springer Science & Business Media, 978-3-642-38724-1, 321,


{{see also|Socialist economics}}Democratic socialists have promoted a variety of different models of socialism ranging from market socialism where socially-owned enterprises operate in competitive markets and are self-managed by their workforce to non-market participatory socialism based on decentralised economic planning.Historically, democratic socialism has been committed to a decentralised form of economic planning where productive units are integrated into a single organisation and organised on the basis of self-management as opposed to Soviet-style economies in Marxist–Leninist states. For example, 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 the profit system and private ownership.Debs, Eugene V (1912). "The Socialist Party's Appeal". The Independent.SPEECH, Is the New Deal Socialism?, Thomas, Norman,weblink Chicago Democratic Socialists of America, 2 February 1936, 28 January 2016,weblink" title="">weblink 12 July 2010, dead, dmy-all, Democratic socialists, especially contemporary proponents of market socialism, have argued that—rather than socialism itself—the major reason for the economic shortcomings of Soviet-type economies was their failure to create rules and operational criteria for the efficient operation of state enterprises in their administrative, command allocation of resources and commodities and the lack of democracy in the political systems that the Soviet-type economies were combined with. As a result, their form of socialism explciity rejects authoritarian allocation in favor of democracy.BOOK, Paul, Gregory, Robert, Stuart, Comparing Economic Systems in the Twenty-First, South-Western College Pub, 2003, 0-618-26181-8, 152, [...] 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.,


{{see also|Types of socialism}}Philosophical support for democratic socialism can be found in the works of political philosophers such as Charles Taylor and Axel Honneth. Honneth has put forward the view that political and economic ideologies have a social basis, meaning they originate from inter-subjective communication between members of a society. Honneth criticises the liberal state because it assumes that principles of individual liberty and private property are ahistorical and abstract when in fact they evolved from a specific social discourse on human activity. Contra liberal individualism, Honneth has emphasised the inter-subjective dependence between humans, namely our well-being depends on recognising others and being recognised by them. Democratic socialism with an emphasis on community and solidarity can be seen as a way of safeguarding this dependency.BOOK, Honneth, Axel, Axel Honneth, The Limits of Liberalism: On the Political-Ethical Discussion Concerning Communitarianism, 1995, Honneth, Axel, The Fragmented World of the Social, State University of New York Press, Albany, 0-7914-2300-X, 231–247, Some proponents of market socialism see it as an economic system compatible with the political ideology of democratic socialism.Miller, David (1990). Market, State, and Community: Theoretical Foundations of Market Socialism. Oxford University Press. Advocates of market socialism such as Jaroslav Vanek argue that genuinely free markets are not possible under conditions of private ownership of productive property. Instead, he contends that the class differences and inequalities in income and power that result from private ownership enable the interests of the dominant class to skew the market to their favor, either in the form of monopoly and market power, or by utilizing their wealth and resources to legislate government policies that benefit their specific business interests. Additionally, Vanek states that workers in a socialist economy based on cooperative and self-managed enterprises have stronger incentives to maximise productivity because they would receive a share of the profits (based on the overall performance of their enterprise) in addition to receiving their fixed wage or salary."Cooperative Economics: An Interview with Jaroslav Vanek". Interview by Albert Perkins. Retrieved 17 March 2011. Many early and proto-socialists were fervent anti-capitalists just as they were supporters of the free market,Braudel, Fernand (1979). The Wheels of Commerce: Civilization and Capitalism 15th–18th Century. Harper & Row. including the British Thomas Hodgskin, the French Pierre-Joseph Proudhon and the Americans Benjamin Tucker and Lysander Spooner, among others. Although capitalism has been commonly conflated with the free market, there is a similar laissez-faire economic theory and system associated with socialism called left-wing or socialist laissez-faire,Nick Manley. "Brief Introduction To Left-Wing Laissez Faire Economic Theory: Part One".Nick Maley. "Brief Introduction To Left-Wing Laissez Faire Economic Theory: Part Two". or free-market anarchism, also known as free-market anti-capitalism and free-market socialism to distinguish it from laissez-faire capitalism.Chartier, Gary; Johnson, Charles W. (2011). Markets Not Capitalism: Individualist Anarchism Against Bosses, Inequality, Corporate Power, and Structural Poverty. Brooklyn, NY: Minor Compositions/Autonomedia."It introduces an eye-opening approach to radical social thought, rooted equally in libertarian socialism and market anarchism." Chartier, Gary; Johnson, Charles W. (2011). Markets Not Capitalism: Individualist Anarchism Against Bosses, Inequality, Corporate Power, and Structural Poverty. Brooklyn, NY: Minor Compositions/Autonomedia. p. back cover."But there has always been a market-oriented strand of libertarian socialism that emphasizes voluntary cooperation between producers. And markets, properly understood, have always been about cooperation. As a commenter at Reason magazine's Hit&Run blog, remarking on Jesse Walker's link to the Kelly article, put it: "every trade is a cooperative act." In fact, it's a fairly common observation among market anarchists that genuinely free markets have the most legitimate claim to the label "socialism." "Socialism: A Perfectly Good Word Rehabilitated" by Kevin Carson at website of Center for a Stateless Society.One example of this democratic market socialist tendency is mutualism, a democratic and libertarian socialist theory developed by Proudhon in the 18th century, from which emerged individualist anarchism. Benjamin Tucker is one eminent American individualist anarchist who adopted a laissez-faire system he termed anarchistic socialism in contraposition to state socialism.Tucker, Benjamin. "State Socialism and Anarchism".Brown, Susan Love. 1997. "The Free Market as Salvation from Government". In Meanings of the Market: The Free Market in Western Culture. Berg Publishers. p. 107. This tradition has been recently associated with contemporary scholars such as Kevin Carson,Carson, Kevin A. (2008). Organization Theory: A Libertarian Perspective. Charleston, SC: BookSurge.Carson, Kevin A. (2010). The Homebrew Industrial Revolution: A Low-Overhead Manifesto. Charleston, SC: BookSurge. Roderick T. Long,Long, Roderick T. (2000). Reason and Value: Aristotle versus Rand. Washington, D.C.: Objectivist CenterLong, Roderick T. (2008). An Interview With Roderick Long" Charles W. Johnson,Johnson, Charles W. (2008). ""Liberty, Equality, Solidarity: Toward a Dialectical Anarchism". Anarchism/Minarchism: Is a Government Part of a Free Country? In Long, Roderick T. and Machan, Tibor Aldershot: Ashgate pp. 155–88. Brad Spangler,Spangler, Brad (15 September 2006). "Market Anarchism as Stigmergic Socialism". {{webarchive|url=|date=10 May 2011}}. Sheldon Richman,Richman, Sheldon (23 June 2010). "Why Left-Libertarian?" The Freeman. Foundation for Economic Education.Richman, Sheldon (18 December 2009). "Workers of the World Unite for a Free Market" {{webarchive|url=|date=22 July 2014}}." Foundation for Economic Education.Sheldon Richman (3 February 2011). "Libertarian Left: Free-market anti-capitalism, the unknown ideal." The American Conservative. Retrieved 5 March 2012. Chris Matthew SciabarraSciabarra, Chris Matthew (2000). Total Freedom: Toward a Dialectical Libertarianism. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press. and Gary Chartier,Chartier, Gary (2009). Economic Justice and Natural Law. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. who stress the value of radically free markets, termed freed markets to distinguish them from the common conception which these left-libertarians believe to be riddled with statist and capitalist privileges.Gillis, William (2011). "The Freed Market." In Chartier, Gary and Johnson, Charles. Markets Not Capitalism. Brooklyn, NY: Minor Compositions/Autonomedia. pp. 19–20. Referred to as left-wing market anarchistsChartier, Gary; Johnson, Charles W. (2011). Markets Not Capitalism: Individualist Anarchism Against Bosses, Inequality, Corporate Power, and Structural Poverty. Brooklyn, NY: Minor Compositions/Autonomedia. pp. 1–16. or market-oriented left-libertarians, proponents of this approach strongly affirm the classical liberal ideas of self-ownership and free markets while maintaining that taken to their logical conclusions these ideas support anti-capitalist, anti-corporatist, anti-hierarchical and pro-labour positions in economics; anti-imperialism in foreign policy; and thoroughly radical views regarding such cultural issues as gender, sexuality and race.Gary Chartier and Charles W. Johnson (eds). Markets Not Capitalism: Individualist Anarchism Against Bosses, Inequality, Corporate Power, and Structural Poverty. Minor Compositions; 1st edition (November 5, 2011).Gary Chartier has joined Kevin Carson, Charles W. Johnson and others (echoing the language of Benjamin Tucker, Lysander Spooner and Thomas Hodgskin) in maintaining that—because of its heritage, emancipatory goals and potential—radical market anarchism should be seen by its proponents and by others as part of the socialist tradition and that market anarchists can and should call themselves "socialists." See Gary Chartier, "Advocates of Freed Markets Should Oppose Capitalism," "Free-Market Anti-Capitalism?" session, annual conference, Association of Private Enterprise Education (Cæsar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV, April 13, 2010); Gary Chartier, "Advocates of Freed Markets Should Embrace 'Anti-Capitalism'"; Gary Chartier, Socialist Ends, Market Means: Five Essays. Cp. Tucker, "Socialism." As a result, critics of the free market and laissez-faire as commonly understood argue that socialism is fully compatible with a market economy and that a truly free-market or laissez-faire system would be anti-capitalist and socialist.Nick Manley, "Brief Introduction To Left-Wing Laissez Faire Economic Theory: Part One".Nick Manley, "Brief Introduction To Left-Wing Laissez Faire Economic Theory: Part Two". According to supporters, this would result in the socialist society as advocated by democratic and libertarian socialists alike when socialism is not understood as state socialism and conflated with self-described socialist states and the terms free market and laissez-faire are understood to mean being free from all forms of economic privilege, monopolies and artificial scarcities—implying that economic rents, i.e. profits generated from a lack of perfect competition, must be reduced or eliminated as much as possible through free competition—rather than free from regulation.BOOK, The Open Society and Its Enemies, Popper, Karl, Routledge Classics, 1994, 978-0-415-61021-6, David McNally of the University of Houston argues in the Marxist tradition that the logic of the market inherently produces inequitable outcomes and leads to unequal exchanges, arguing that Adam Smith's moral intent and moral philosophy espousing equal exchange was undermined by the practice of the free market he championed—the development of the market economy involved coercion, exploitation and violence that Smith's moral philosophy could not countenance. McNally criticises market socialists for believing in the possibility of fair markets based on equal exchanges to be achieved by purging parasitical elements from the market economy such as private ownership of the means of production, arguing that market socialism is an oxymoron when socialism is defined as an end to wage labour.BOOK, McNally, David, Against the Market: Political Economy, Market Socialism and the Marxist Critique, Verso, 1993, 978-0-86091-606-2,


While the word socialism has been commonly associated and conflated with self-declared socialist states, especially in the United States due to the First and Second Red Scares, democratic socialists likewise use the word socialism to refer to their own tendency that rejects authoritarian socialism and state socialism as forms of socialism, instead regarding them as a form of state capitalism in which the state undertakes commercial economic activity and where the means of production are organised and managed as state-owned business enterprises, including the processes of capital accumulation, centralised management and wage labour. As a result, democratic socialism generally mean some form of Marxian socialist opposed to Marxism–Leninism and a social democracy committed to the abolishment of capitalism in favour of socialism as a post-capitalist economy. Other tendencies include anti-Leninist and anti-Stalinist left Marxian socialism (anti-authoritarian socialism from below, classical Marxism, libertarian Marxism and certain ultra-left tendencies of left communism such as councilism or communisation, among others,{{sfn|Draper|1966|loc=Chapter 7: The "Revisionist" Facade}}{{sfn|Draper|1966|loc=Chapter 8: The 100% American Scene}} also including certain orthodox MarxistsWEB,weblink Social democracy, Encyclopædia Britannica, 10 August 2015, such as Eduard Bernstein, Karl KautskyMuldoon, James (5 January 2019). "Reclaiming the Best of Karl Kautsky". Jacobin. Retrieved 20 June 2019.Post, Charlie (9 March 2019). "The "Best" of Karl Kautsky Isn't Good Enough". Jacobin. Retrieved 20 June 2019.Blanc, Eric (2 April 2019). "Why Kautsky Was Right (and Why You Should Care)". Jacobin. Retrieved 20 June 2019. and Rosa Luxemburg),{{sfn|Draper|1966|loc=Chapter 7: The "Revisionist" Facade}} market socialism, anti-Marxist–Leninist neo- and Eurocommunism (originating between the 1950s and 1980s, but also referring to communist parties that adopted democratic socialism in the 1990s) and social democracy tendencies, whose early and classical variants (mainly orthodox Marxism, including Bertseinism, Kautskyism and Luxemburghism, but also more democratic and libertarian interpretations of Leninism) until the 1930s (when many social democrats adopted or endorsed Keynesian welfare capitalismWright, Anthony (1999). "Social Democracy and Democratic Socialism". In Eatwell, Roger; Wright, Anthony (eds.). Contemporary Political Ideologies (2nd ed.). London: Continuum. pp. 80–103. {{ISBN|978-1-85567-605-3}}.Fitzpatrick, Tony (2003). After the New Social Democracy: Social Welfare for the Twenty-First Century. Manchester University Press. pp. 2–3. {{ISBN|978-0-7190-6477-7}}. as part of a social democratic compromise between capitalism and socialism)Harrington, Michael (2011) [1989]. Socialism: Past and Future. New York: Arcade Publishing. p. 93. {{ISBN|978-1-61145-335-5}}. as well as anti-Third Way, traditional social democrats merged into democratic socialism.Barrientos, Armando; Powell, Martin (2004). "The Route Map of the Third Way". In Hale, Sarah; Leggett, Will; Martell, Luke (eds.). The Third Way and Beyond: Criticisms, Futures and Alternatives. Manchester University Press. pp. 9–26. {{ISBN|978-0-7190-6598-9}}.Romano, Flavio (2006). Clinton and Blair: The Political Economy of the Third Way. Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy. 75. London: Routledge. {{ISBN|978-0-415-37858-1}}.Hinnfors, Jonas (2006). Reinterpreting Social Democracy: A History of Stability in the British Labour Party and Swedish Social Democratic Party. Critical Labour Movement Studies. Manchester University Press. {{ISBN|978-0-7190-7362-5}}.Lafontaine, Oskar (2009). Left Parties Everywhere?. Socialist Renewal. Nottingham, England: Spokesman Books. {{ISBN|978-0-85124-764-9}}.


Although socialism is commonly conflated with Marxism–Leninism and its various variants such as Stalinism and Maoism, there have also been several anarchist and socialist societies that followed democratic socialist principles, encompassing anti-authoritarian, democratic anti-capitalism.WEB,weblink Socialism Was Once America's Political Taboo. Now, Democratic Socialism Is a Viable Platform. Here's What to Know, Waxman, Olivia B., Times, 24 October 2018, 15 June 2019, The most notable examples are the Paris Commune, the various soviet republics in the post-World War I period and the early Soviet Russia before the abolition of soviets, Revolutionary Catalonia as noted by George OrwellBOOK, Orwell, George, George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia, 1938, 1980, Harcourt Brace & Co., San Diego, 0-15-642117-8, 4–6, 1, and more recently Rojava. Other examples include the kibbutz in modern-day Israel,JOURNAL, From utopia to total institution in a single generation: the kibbutz and Bruderhof, Goldenberg, Sheldon, Wekerle, Gerda R., International Review of Modern Sociology, 2, 2, September 1972, 224–232, 41420450, Marinaleda in Spain,WEB,weblink Marinaleda: Spain's communist model village, Hancox, Dan, 19 October 2013, The Guardian, 16 June 2019, 0029-7712, the Zapatistas in ChiapasSPEECH, Esteva, Gustavo, Liberty According to the Zapatistas, Lecture at the Bridgeport Free Skool, October 2013, Bridgeport, Connecticut, WEB,weblink Mexico's Zapatista rebels, 24 years on and defiant in mountain strongholds, Vidal, John, The Guardian, 17 February 2018, 16 June 2019, and to some extent the workers' self-management within Yugoslavia and modern Cuba.WEB,weblink Cubans approve new constitution affirming role of socialism, Al Jazeera, 26 February 2019, 15 June 2019, During the post-war consensus when nationalisation of large industries was relatively widespread, it was not uncommon for commentators to describe some European countries as democratic socialist states seeking to move their countries toward a socialist economy. In 1956, leading British Labour Party politician and author Anthony Crosland claimed that capitalism had been abolished in Britain, although others such as Welshman Aneurin Bevan, Minister of Health in the first post-war Labour government, disputed the claim that Britain was a socialist state.JOURNAL, January 1958, The Managerial Society Part Three — Fabian Version,weblink Socialist Standard, 641, Socialist Party of Great Britain, 31 December 2015,weblink" title="">weblink 3 March 2016, dead, Crosland, Anthony (2006). The Future of Socialism. pp. 9, 89. For Crosland and others who supported his views, Britain was a socialist state. According to Bevan, Britain had a socialist National Health Service which stood in opposition to the hedonism of Britain's capitalist society, arguing: When the Socialist Party was in power in France in the post-war period, some commentators claimed that France was a socialist country, although as in the rest of Europe the laws of capitalism still operated fully and private enterprises dominated the economy. In the 1980s, the François Mitterrand government aimed to expand dirigism and scheduled to nationalise all banks, but this attempt faced opposition of the European Economic Community. The same is now applied to Nordic countries with the Nordic model. Although public ownership in France and the United Kingdom during the height of nationalisation in the 1960s and 1970s never accounted for more than 15–20% of capital formation,WEB,weblink The State of the State Sector, Batson, Andrew, March 2017, Gavekal Dragonomics, 8 December 2018, Even in the statist 1960s–70s, SOEs in France and the UK did not account for more than 15–20% of capital formation; in the 1980s the developed-nation average was around 8%, and it dropped below 5% in the 1990s., the socialism practised by parties such as the Singaporean People's Action Party during its first few decades in power was of a pragmatic kind as characterised by its rejection of nationalisation. Despite this, the party still claimed to be a socialist party, pointing out its regulation of the private sector, activist intervention in the economy and social policies as evidence of this.Morley, James W. (1993). Driven by Growth: Political Change in the Asia-Pacific Region. Furthermore, the Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew also stated that he has been influenced by the democratic socialist British Labour Party.WEB,weblink Optimism for the New Millennium, 9 December 1999, 10 May 2006, Rotary Club of Wellington North, Kerr, Roger,weblink" title="">weblink 7 March 2006, These confusions are caused not only by the socialist definition, but by the capitalist definition as well. While Christian democrats, social liberals and certain national and social conservatives, among others, tend to support social democratic policies and generally see capitalism compatible with a mixed economy, classical liberals, conservative liberals, neoliberals, liberal conservatives and right-libertarians define capitalism as the free market, supporting a small government, laissez-faire capitalism and a market economy and opposing social democratic policies as well as government regulation and economic interventionism, seeing actually existing capitalism as corporatism, corporatocracy, or crony capitalism. As a result, socialism has often been conflated with an administrative command economy, authoritarian socialism, big government, Marxist–Leninist states, social democracy, Soviet-type economic planning, state interventionism and state socialism. Austrian School economists such as Friedrich Hayek and Ludwig von Mises also continually used the word socialism as a synonym for central planning and state socialism, conflating it with fascism.Von Mises, Ludwig (1922). (Socialism (book)|Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis).Von Mises, Ludwig (1927). Liberalism.Hayek, Friedrich (1944). The Road to Serfdom. This is especially true in the United States, where socialism has become a pejorative used by conservatives and libertarians to taint liberal and progressive policies, proposals and public figures.WEB,weblink The failure of American political speech, Jackson, Samuel, The Economist, 6 January 2012, 15 June 2019, Socialism is not "the government should provide healthcare" or "the rich should be taxed more" nor any of the other watery social-democratic positions that the American right likes to demonise by calling them "socialist"—and granted, it is chiefly the right that does so, but the fact that rightists are so rarely confronted and ridiculed for it means that they have successfully muddied the political discourse to the point where an awful lot of Americans have only the flimsiest grasp of what socialism is.,


{{see also|History of socialism}}

19th century

{{see also|Revolutions of 1848}}File:Chartist meeting on Kennington Common by William Edward Kilburn 1848 - restoration1.jpg|thumb|left|300px|Photograph of the Great Chartist Meeting on Kennington CommonKennington CommonSocialist models and ideas espousing common or public ownership have existed since antiquity, but the first self-conscious socialist movements developed in the 1820s and 1830s. West European social critics, including Robert Owen, Charles Fourier, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Louis Blanc, Charles Hall and Henri de Saint-Simon were the first modern socialists who criticised the excessive poverty and inequality of the Industrial Revolution. Especially in the case of the Owenites, they also overlapped with a number of other working-class movements like the Chartists in the United Kingdom.Vincent, Andrew (2010). Modern Political Ideologies. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. p. 88. The Chartists gathered significant numbers around the People's Charter of 1838 which demanded the extension of suffrage to all male adults. Leaders in the movement also called for a more equitable distribution of income and better living conditions for the working classes. The very first trade unions and consumers' cooperative societies also emerged in the hinterland of the Chartist movement as a way of bolstering the fight for these demands.Brandal, Nik; Bratberg, Øivind; Thorsen, Dag Einar (2013). The Nordic Model of Social Democracy. Pallgrave-Macmillan. p. 20. The first advocates of socialism favoured social levelling in order to create a meritocratic or technocratic society based on individual talent. Saint-Simon is regarded as the first individual to coin the term socialism.WEB,weblink Adam Smith,, 2 June 2010, Saint-Simon was fascinated by the enormous potential of science and technology and advocated a socialist society that would eliminate the disorderly aspects of capitalism and would be based on equal opportunities.WEB,weblink Birth of the Socialist Idea, Australian National University, 2 June 2010, He advocated the creation of a society in which each person was ranked according to his or her capacities and rewarded according to his or her work. The key focus of Saint-Simon's socialism was on administrative efficiency and industrialism and a belief that science was the key to progress.Newman, Michael (2005). Socialism: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press. {{ISBN|0-19-280431-6}}. This was accompanied by a desire to implement a rationally organised economy based on planning and geared towards large-scale scientific progress and material progress, therefore it embodied a desire for a more directed or planned economy.File:Bernstein Eduard 1895.jpg|thumb|Eduard Bernstein, socialist theorist within the German Social Democratic PartyGerman Social Democratic PartyIn the United Kingdom, the democratic socialist tradition was represented in particular by William Morris's Socialist League and in the 1880s by the Fabian Society and later the Independent Labour Party founded by Keir Hardie in the 1890s, of which writer George Orwell would later be a prominent member.Busky, Donald F. (2000). "Democratic Socialism in Great Britain and Ireland". Democratic Socialism: A Global Survey. pp. 83–85 on Morris; pp. 91–109 on Hardie and the Independent Labour Party. On Morris as democratic socialist, see Reisman, David, ed. (1996). Democratic Socialism in Britain: Classic Texts in Economic and Political Thought, 1825–1952. 3; and Thompson, E. P. (1977). William Morris: Romantic to Revolutionary. London: Merlin. On the Independent Labour Party as democratic socialist, see James, David; Jowitt, Tony; Laybourn, Keith, eds. (1992). "The ILP: A Very Brief History". The Centennial History of the Independent Labour Party. Halifax: Ryburn. 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.On Cole as democratic socialist, see Reisman, David, ed. (1996). Democratic Socialism in Britain: Classic Texts in Economic and Political Thought, 1825–1952. 7.The Fabian Society is a British socialist organisation which was established with the purpose of advancing the principles of socialism via gradualist and reformist means.BOOK, Cole, Margaret, The Story of Fabian Socialism, Stanford University Press, 978-0804700917, 1961,weblink The society laid many of the foundations of the Labour Party and subsequently affected the policies of states emerging from the decolonisation of the British Empire, most notably India and Singapore. Originally, the Fabian Society was committed to the establishment of a socialist economy, alongside a commitment to British imperialism as a progressive and modernising force.Gaido, Daniel; Day, Richard B. (2011). Discovering Imperialism: Social Democracy to World War I. p. 249. "[T]he pro-imperialist majority, led by Sidney Webb and George Bernard Shaw, advanced an intellectual justification for central control by the British Empire, arguing that existing institutions should simply work more 'efficiently{{'}}." Today, the society functions primarily as a think tank and is one of fifteen socialist societies affiliated with the Labour Party. Similar societies exist in Australia (the Australian Fabian Society), in Canada (the Douglas-Coldwell Foundation and the now disbanded League for Social Reconstruction) and in New Zealand. In 1889 (the centennial of the French Revolution of 1789), the Second International was founded, with 384 delegates from twenty countries representing about 300 labour and socialist organisations.The Second (Socialist) International 1889–1923. Retrieved 12 July 2007. It was termed the Socialist International and Friedrich Engels was elected honorary president at the third congress in 1893. Anarchists were ejected and not allowed in mainly due to pressure from Marxists.Woodcock, George (1962). Anarchism: A History of Libertarian Ideas and Movements. pp. 263–264. It has been argued that at some point the Second International turned "into a battleground over the issue of libertarian versus authoritarian socialism. Not only did they effectively present themselves as champions of minority rights; they also provoked the German Marxists into demonstrating a dictatorial intolerance which was a factor in preventing the British labour movement from following the Marxist direction indicated by such leaders as H. M. Hyndman".Reformism arose as an alternative to revolution. Eduard Bernstein was a leading social democrat in Germany who proposed the concept of evolutionary socialism. Revolutionary socialists quickly targeted reformism: Rosa Luxemburg condemned Bernstein's Evolutionary Socialism in her 1900 essay Social Reform or Revolution?. Revolutionary socialism encompasses multiple social and political movements that may define revolution differently from one another. In Germany, the Social Democratic Party became the largest and most powerful socialist party in Europe despite working illegally until the anti-socialist laws were dropped in 1890. According to Engels, in the 1893 elections the party gained 1,787,000 votes, a quarter of the total votes cast. In 1895, the year of his death, Engels highlighted The Communist Manifesto's emphasis on winning as a first step the "battle of democracy".Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich. The Communist Manifesto. p. 52.In his introduction to the 1895 edition of Karl Marx's The Class Struggles in France, Engels attempted to resolve the division between gradualism reformists and revolutionaries in the Marxist movement by declaring that he was in favour of short-term tactics of electoral politics that included gradualist and evolutionary socialist measures while maintaining his belief that revolutionary seizure of power by the proletariat should remain a goal. In spite of this attempt by Engels to merge gradualism and revolution, his effort only diluted the distinction of gradualism and revolution and had the effect of strengthening the position of the revisionists. Engels' statements in the French newspaper Le Figaro in which he stated that "revolution" and the "so-called socialist society" were not fixed concepts, but rather constantly changing social phenomena and said that this made "us [socialists] all evolutionists", increased the public perception that Engels was gravitating towards evolutionary socialism. Engels also said that it would be "suicidal" to talk about a revolutionary seizure of power at a time when the historical circumstances favoured a parliamentary road to power that he predicted could bring "social democracy into power as early as 1898".{{Citation needed|date=October 2019}} Engels' stance of openly accepting gradualist, evolutionary and parliamentary tactics while claiming that the historical circumstances did not favour revolution caused confusion. Bernstein interpreted this as indicating that Engels was moving towards accepting parliamentary reformist and gradualist stances, but he ignored that Engels' stances were tactical as a response to the particular circumstances and that Engels was still committed to revolutionary socialism. As a result, Engels was deeply distressed when he discovered that his introduction to a new edition of The Class Struggles in France had been edited by Bernstein and Karl Kautsky in a manner which left the impression that he had become a proponent of a peaceful road to socialism."Friedrich Engels and the Origins of German Revisionism: Another Look". In Steger, Manfred B.; Carver, Terrell (eds.). Engels After Marx. University Park, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University. pp. 181–196. {{ISBN|978-0-271-01891-1}}.On 1 April 1895, four months before his death, Engels wrote to Kautsky as follows: I was amazed to see today in the Vorwärts an excerpt from my 'Introduction' that had been printed without my knowledge and tricked out in such a way as to present me as a peace-loving proponent of legality quand même [literally "come what may", but better translated as "at all costs"]. Which is all the more reason why I should like it to appear in its entirety in the Neue Zeit in order that this disgraceful impression may be erased. I shall leave Liebknecht in no doubt as to what I think about it and the same applies to those who, irrespective of who they may be, gave him this opportunity of perverting my views and, what's more, without so much as a word to me about it.BOOK, Collected Works, Volume 50, Engels, Friedrich, International Publishers, 2004, New York, 86,

Early 20th century

{{see also|Russian Revolution}}File:Eugene V. Debs, bw photo portrait, 1897.jpg|thumb|Eugene V. Debs, leader and presidential candidate in the early 20th century for the Socialist Party of AmericaSocialist Party of AmericaThe 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.Busky, Donald F. (2000). "Democratic Socialism in North America". Democratic Socialism: A Global Survey. pp. 150–154. The tradition continued to flourish in the Socialist Party of America, especially under the leadership of Norman Thomas.Fitrakis, Robert John (1 January 1990). "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)". {{webarchive|url=|date=20 July 2011}}. ETD Collection for Wayne State University. Paper AAI9029621. See also "What is Democratic Socialism? Questions and Answers from the Democratic Socialists of America" (PDF). Democratic Socialists of America. {{webarchive|url=|date=1 July 2009}}. The Socialist Party of America was formed in 1901 by a merger between the three-year-old Social Democratic Party of America and disaffected elements of the Socialist Labor Party of America which had split from the main organisation in 1899.Note that the Socialist Party of America was also known at various times in its long history as the Socialist Party of the United States (as early as the 1910s) and Socialist Party USA (as early as 1935, most common in the 1960s). The original, official name of the organisation was Socialist Party of America. Eugene V. Debs twice won over 900,000 votes in presidential elections (1912 and 1920) while the party also elected two Representatives (Victor L. Berger and Meyer London), dozens of state legislators, more than a hundred mayors and countless lesser officials.James Weinstein, The Decline of Socialism in America, 1912–1925, New York: Vintage Books, 1969, pp. 116–118 (Tables 2 and 3). In Argentina, the Socialist Party of Argentina was established in the 1890s, being led by Juan B. Justo and Nicolás Repetto, among others, becoming the first mass party in the country and in Latin America. The party affiliated itself with the Second International.Rubio, José Luis. Las internacionales obreras en América. Madrid: 1971. p. 49. Between 1924 and 1940, it was a member of the Labour and Socialist International (LSI).Kowalski, Werner. Geschichte der sozialistischen arbeiter-internationale: 1923–1940. Berlin: Dt. Verl. d. Wissenschaften, 1985. p. 286. In 1904, Australians elected Chris Watson as the first Australian Labor Party Prime Minister, becoming the first democratically elected democratic socialist. The British Labour Party first won seats in the House of Commons in 1902. The International Socialist Commission (ISC) was formed in February 1919 at a meeting in Bern, Switzerland by parties that wanted to resurrect the Second International.{{harvnb|Lamb|Docherty|2006|p=52}} By 1917, the patriotism of World War I changed into political radicalism in most of Europe, the United States and Australia. Other socialist parties from around the world who were beginning to gain importance in their national politics in the early 20th century included the Italian Socialist Party, the French Section of the Workers' International, the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party, the Swedish Social Democratic Party, the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party, the Socialist Party of America in the United States and the Chilean Socialist Workers' Party.In February 1917, revolution exploded in Russia. Workers, soldiers and peasants established soviets (councils), the monarchy fell and a provisional government convoked pending the election of a constituent assembly. Alexander Kerensky was a Russian lawyer and revolutionary who was a key political figure in the Russian Revolution of 1917. After the February Revolution, he joined the newly formed Russian Provisional Government, first as Minister of Justice, then as Minister of War and after July as the government's second Minister-Chairman. A leader of the moderate-socialist Trudoviks faction of the Socialist Revolutionary Party, he was also vice-chairman of the powerful Petrograd Soviet. On 7 November, his government was overthrown by the Vladimir Lenin-led Bolsheviks in the October Revolution. The Constituent Assembly elected Socialist-Revolutionary leader Victor Chernov President of a Russian republic, but it rejected the Bolshevik proposal that endorsed the Soviet decrees on land, peace and workers' control and acknowledged the power of the Soviets of Workers', Soldiers' and Peasants' Deputies. As a result, the Bolsheviks declared the next day that the assembly was elected on outdated party listsDeclaration of the RSDLP (Bolsheviks) group at the Constituent Assembly meeting 5 January 1918. Lenin Collected Works. 26. p. 429. Lawrence and Wishart. 1964). and the All-Russian Central Executive Committee of the Soviets dissolved it.Draft Decree on the Dissolution of the Constituent Assembly. Lenin Collected Works. 26. p. 434. Lawrence and Wishart. 1964).Payne, Robert (1964). The Life and Death of Lenin. Grafton. pp. 425–440.At a conference in Vienna, Austria on 27 February 1921, parties which did not want to be a part of the Communist International or the resurrected Second International formed the International Working Union of Socialist Parties (IWUSP).{{harvnb|Lamb|Docherty|2006|p=177}} The ISC and the IWUSP eventually joined to form the LSI in May 1923 at a meeting in Hamburg, Germany.{{harvnb|Lamb|Docherty|2006|p=197}} Left-wing groups which did not agree to the centralisation and abandonment of the soviets by the Bolshevik Party led left-wing uprisings against the Bolsheviks—such groups included Socialist Revolutionaries,Carr, E. H. (1985). The Bolshevik Revolution 1917–1923. W. W. Norton & Company. Left Socialist-Revolutionaries, Mensheviks and anarchists.Avrich, Paul (July 1968). "Russian Anarchists and the Civil War". Russian Review. 27 (3): 296–306. Within this left-wing discontent, the most large-scale events were the worker's Kronstadt rebellionBOOK, Guttridge, Leonard F., Mutiny: A History of Naval Insurrection,weblink 1 August 2006, Naval Institute Press, 978-1-59114-348-2, 174, BOOK, Smele, Jonathan, The Russian Revolution and Civil War 1917–1921: An Annotated Bibliography,weblink Continuum, 978-1-59114-348-2, 336, 15 June 2006, BOOK, Avrich, Paul, Kronstadt 1921, Princeton University Press, 978-0-691-08721-4, and the anarchist led Revolutionary Insurrectionary Army of Ukraine uprising which controlled an area known as the Free Territory.Noel-Schwartz, Heather. "The Makhnovists & The Russian Revolution – Organization, Peasantry and Anarchism". {{webarchive|url=|date=18 January 2008}}. Retrieved 19 June 2019.Marshall, Peter (2010). Demanding the Impossible. PM Press. p. 473.Skirda, Alexandre (2004). Nestor Makhno: Anarchy's Cossack. AK Press. p. 34. In 1922, the 4th World Congress of the Communist International took up the policy of the united front, urging communists to work with rank and file social democrats while remaining critical of their leaders, whom they criticised for betraying the working class by supporting the war efforts of their respective capitalist classes. For their part, the social democrats pointed to the dislocation caused by revolution and later the growing authoritarianism of the communist parties. When the Communist Party of Great Britain applied to affiliate to the Labour Party in 1920, it was turned down. On seeing the Soviet Union's growing coercive power in 1923, a dying Lenin said Russia had reverted to "a bourgeois tsarist machine [...] barely varnished with socialism".Serge, Victor (1937). From Lenin to Stalin. p. 55. After Lenin's death in January 1924, the All-Union Communist Party (Bolshevik)—then increasingly under the control of Joseph Stalin—rejected the theory that socialism could not be built solely in the Soviet Union in favour of the concept of socialism in one country.WEB,weblink The October Revolution and the Tactics of the Russian Communists, Stalin, Joseph, Marxists Internet Archive, 17 December 1924, 16 December 2016,

Mid-20th century

File:Clement Attlee.png|thumb|Clement Attlee, Labour Party Prime Minister of the United KingdomPrime Minister of the United Kingdom After World War II, democratic socialist, labour and social democratic governments introduced social reforms and wealth redistribution via welfare state social programmes and progressive taxation. Those parties dominated post-war politics in countries such as the Belgium, Czechoslovakia, France, Italy and Norway. At one point, France claimed to be the world's most state-controlled capitalist country, starting the Trente Glorieuses. The nationalised public utilities included Air France, Bank of France, Charbonnages de France, Électricité de France, Gaz de France and Régie Nationale des Usines Renault.WEB,weblink Les trente glorieuses: 1945–1975,, 30 October 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 28 September 2007, In 1945, the British Labour Party led by Clement Attlee was elected to office based on a radical, democratic socialist programme. The Labour government nationalised major public utilities such as mines, gas, coal, electricity, rail, iron, steel and the Bank of England. British Petroleum was officially nationalised in 1951.WEB,weblink Nationalisation of Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, 1951, The National Archives, 11 June 2007, 30 October 2011, In 1956, Anthony Crosland said that at least 25% of British industry was nationalised and that public employees, including those in nationalised industries, constituted a similar proportion of the country's total employed population.Crosland, Anthony (2006). The Future of Socialism. Constable. pp. 9, 89. The Labour governments of 1964–1970 and 1974–1979 intervened further."The New Commanding Height: Labour Party Policy on North Sea Oil and Gas, 1964–74" (Spring 2002). Contemporary British History. 1' (1): 89–118. It re-nationalised steel (1967, British Steel) after the Conservatives had privatised it and nationalised car production (1976, British Leyland).WEB,weblink History, UK Steel, 12 September 2013, 11 October 2013, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 23 January 2008, The National Health Service provided taxpayer-funded health care to everyone, free at the point of use.Bevan, Aneurin (1961). In Place of Fear (2nd ed.). MacGibbon and Kee. p. 104. Working-class housing was provided in council housing estates and university education became available via a school grant system.Beckett, Francis (2007). Clem Attlee. Politico's. p. 247.During most of the post-war era, democratic socialist, labour and social democratic parties dominated the political scene and laid the ground to universalistic welfare states in the Nordic countries. Sweden was governed by the Swedish Social Democratic Party largely in cooperation with trade unions and industry.Steinmo, Sven (2002). Globalization and Taxation: Challenges to the Swedish Welfare State. In Sweden, the Social Democratic Party held power from 1936–1976, 1982–1991, 1994–2006 and 2014 to present. Tage Erlander was the leader of the Social Democratic Party and led the government from 1946–1969, an uninterrupted tenure of twenty-three years, one of the longest in any democracy. From 1945–1962, the Norwegian Labour Party held an absolute majority in the parliament led by Einar Gerhardsen, who was Prime Minister for seventeen years. The Danish Social Democrats governed Denmark for most of the 20th century and since the 1920s and through the 1940s and the 1970s, a large majority of Prime Ministers were Social Democrats, the largest and most popular party.{{Citation needed|date=October 2019}} This particular adaptation of a mixed-market economy, better known as the Nordic model, is characterized by more generous welfare states (relative to other developed countries){{Citation needed|date=October 2019}} which are aimed specifically at enhancing individual autonomy, ensuring the universal provision of basic human rights and stabilizing the economy.{{Citation needed|date=October 2019}} It is distinguished from other welfare states with similar goals by its emphasis on maximizing labour force participation, promoting gender equality, egalitarian and extensive benefit levels, large magnitude of redistribution and expansionary fiscal policy.Esping-Andersen, G. (1991). The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.In countries like Sweden, where the Rehn–Meidner model allowed capitalists owning very productive and efficient firms to retain excess profits at the expense of the firms' workers, exacerbating inequality and causing workers in these firms to agitate for a share of the profits in the 1970s just as women working in the state sector began to assert pressure for better wages as well. Rudolf Meidner established a study committee that came up with a 1976 proposal that entailed transferring the excess profits into investment funds controlled by the workers in the efficient firms, with the intention that firms would create further employment and pay more workers higher wages rather than increasing the wealth of company owners and managers.BOOK, Socialism: A Very Short Introduction, Newman, Michael, 25 July 2005, Oxford University Press, Capitalists immediately distinguished this proposal as socialism and launched an unprecedented opposition—including calling off the class compromise established in the 1938 Saltsjöbaden Agreement.BOOK, The Primacy of Politics: Social Democracy and the Making of Europe's Twentieth Century, Berman, Sheri, Cambridge University Press, 2006, Cambridge, The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was a spontaneous nationwide revolt against the Marxist–Leninist government of the People's Republic of Hungary and its Soviet-imposed policies, lasting from 23 October until 10 November 1956. Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev's denunciation of the excesses of Stalin's regime during the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union that same yearJohn Rettie, "The day Khrushchev denounced Stalin", BBC, 18 February 2006. as well as the revolt in HungaryWithin the Italian Communist Party (PCI) a split ensued: most ordinary members and the Party leadership, including Palmiro Togliatti and Giorgio Napolitano, regarded the Hungarian insurgents as counter-revolutionaries, as reported in l'Unità, the official PCI newspaper. The following are references in English on the conflicting positions of l'Unità, Antonio Giolitti and party boss Palmiro Togliatti, Giuseppe Di Vittorio and Pietro Nenni.However, Giuseppe Di Vittorio (chief of the Communist trade union CGIL) repudiated the leadership position as did the prominent party members Antonio Giolitti, Loris Fortuna and many other influential communist intellectuals, who later were expelled or left the party. Pietro Nenni, the national secretary of the Italian Socialist Party, a close ally of the PCI, opposed the Soviet intervention as well. Napolitano, elected in 2006 as President of the Italian Republic, wrote in his 2005 political autobiography that he regretted his justification of Soviet action in Hungary and that at the time he believed in party unity and the international leadership of Soviet communism.BOOK, Napolitano, Giorgio, 2005, Dal Pci al socialismo europeo. Un'autobiografia politica (From the Communist Party to European Socialism. A political autobiography), Laterza, Italian, 978-88-420-7715-2, Within the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB), dissent that began with the repudiation of Stalin by John Saville and E. P. Thompson, influential historians and members of the Communist Party Historians Group, culminated in a loss of thousands of party members as events unfolded in Hungary. Peter Fryer, correspondent for the CPGB newspaper The Daily Worker, reported accurately on the violent suppression of the uprising, but his dispatches were heavily censored. Fryer resigned from the paper upon his return and was later expelled from the party. Fryer, Peter (1957). Hungarian Tragedy. London: D. Dobson. Chapter 9 (The Second Soviet Intervention). ASIN B0007J7674.In France, moderates such as historian Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie resigned, questioning the policy of supporting Soviet actions by the French Communist Party. The French anarchist philosopher and writer Albert Camus wrote an open letter, The Blood of the Hungarians, criticising the West's lack of action. Even Jean-Paul Sartre, still a determined party member, criticised the Soviets in his article Le Fantôme de Staline, in Situations VII. Sartre, Jean-Paul (1956), L’intellectuel et les communistes français {{fr icon}}.{{dead link|date=June 2017|bot=InternetArchiveBot|fix-attempted=yes}} l'Humanite, 21 June 2005. Retrieved 24 October 2006. produced ideological fractures and disagreements within the communist and socialist parties of Western Europe. During India's freedom movement, many figures on the left-wing 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. In the post-war years, socialism became increasingly influential throughout the so-called Third World. Embracing a new Third World socialism, countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America often nationalised industries held by foreign owners. The New Left was a term used mainly in the United Kingdom and United States in reference to activists, educators, agitators and others in the 1960s and 1970s who sought to implement a broad range of reforms on issues such as gay rights, abortion, gender roles and drugsCarmines, Edward G., and Geoffrey C. Layman. 1997. "Issue Evolution in Postwar American Politics." In Byron Shafer, ed., Present Discontents. NJ:Chatham House Publishers. in contrast to earlier leftist or Marxist movements that had taken a more vanguardist approach to social justice and focused mostly on labour unionisation and questions of class.BOOK, Cynthia Kaufman, Ideas for Action: Relevant Theory for Radical Change,weblink 2003, South End Press, 978-0-89608-693-7, 275, Todd Gitlin, "The Left's Lost Universalism". In Arthur M. Melzer, Jerry Weinberger and M. Richard Zinman, eds., Politics at the Turn of the Century, pp. 3–26 (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2001).JOURNAL, Farred, Grant, Grant Farred, 2000, Endgame Identity? Mapping the New Left Roots of Identity Politics, New Literary History, 31, 4, 627–48, 20057628, 10.1353/nlh.2000.0045, The New Left rejected involvement with the labour movement and Marxism's historical theory of class struggle.Jeffrey W. Coker. Confronting American Labor: The New Left Dilemma. Univ of Missouri Press, 2002. In the United States, it was associated with the anti-war and hippie movements as well as the black liberation movements such as the Black Panther Party.BOOK, Pearson, Hugh, In the Shadow of the Panther: Huey Newton and the Price of Black Power in America, 1994, Perseus Books, 978-0-201-48341-3, 152, While initially formed in opposition to the Old Left of the Democratic Party, groups composing the New Left gradually became central players in the Democratic coalition.The protests of 1968 represented a worldwide escalation of social conflicts, predominantly characterised by popular rebellions against military, capitalist and bureaucratic elites who responded with an escalation of political repression. These protests marked a turning point for the civil rights movement in the United States which produced revolutionary movements like the Black Panther Party. The prominent civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. organised the Poor People's Campaign to address issues of economic justiceBOOK, The Other American: The Life of Michael Harrington, Isserman, Maurice, 281, 978-1-58648-036-3, Public Affairs, 2001, while personally showing sympathy with democratic socialism.BOOK, Liberating Visions: Human Fulfillment and Social Justice in African-American Thought, Franklin, Robert Michael, 125, Fortress Press, 1990, 978-0-8006-2392-0, There must be a better distribution of wealth, and maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism., In reaction to the Tet Offensive, protests also sparked a broad movement in opposition to the Vietnam War all over the United States and even into London, Paris, Berlin and Rome. Mass socialist or communist movements grew not only in the United States, but also in most European countries. The most spectacular manifestation of this were the May 1968 protests in France in which students linked up with strikes of up to ten million workers and for a few days the movement seemed capable of overthrowing the government. In many other capitalist countries, struggles against dictatorships, state repression and colonisation were also marked by protests in 1968, such as the beginning of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, the Tlatelolco massacre in Mexico City and the escalation of guerrilla warfare against the military dictatorship in Brazil. Countries governed by Marxist–Leninist parties had protests against bureaucratic and military elites. In Eastern Europe, there were widespread protests that escalated particularly in the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia. In response, the Soviet Union occupied Czechoslovakia, but the occupation was denounced by the Italian and French communist parties as well as the Communist Party of Finland.WEB, Devlin, Kevin, Open Society Archives, Western CPs Condemn Invasion, Hail Prague Spring,weblink 20 February 2008, {{dead link|date=November 2018|bot=InternetArchiveBot|fix-attempted=yes}}

Late 20th century

{{see also|Eurocommunism|Dissolution of the Soviet Union|Third Way}}File:Salvador Allende 2.jpg|thumb|upright=0.85|Salvador Allende, President of Chile and member of the Socialist Party of Chile, whose presidency and life were ended by a CIA-backed military coupBOOK, A Brief History of Neoliberalism, David Harvey (geographer), Harvey, David, 978-0199283279, Oxford University PressOxford University PressIn Latin America, liberation theology, a socialist tendency within the Roman Catholic Church, emerged in the 1960s.McBrien, Richard P. (1994). Chapther IV. Catholicism. Harper Collins."Socialism". Encyclopædia Britannica. "One manifestation of this connection was liberation theology – sometimes characterised as an attempt to marry Marx and Jesus – which emerged among Roman Catholic theologians in Latin America in the 1960s." In Chile, Salvador Allende, a physician and candidate for the Socialist Party of Chile, was elected President through democratic elections in 1970. In 1973, his government was ousted by the United States-backed military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet which lasted until the late 1980s.NEWS,weblink BBC, Profile of Salvador Allende, 8 September 2003, Michael Manley served as the fourth Prime Minister of Jamaica from 1972 to 1980 and from 1989 to 1992. According to opinion polls, he remains one of Jamaica's most popular Prime Ministers since independence.WEB,weblink Where Would Jamaica Be Without Michael Manley?, Jamaica Gleaner, 12 August 2012, 11 March 2013, Eurocommunism was a trend in the 1970s and 1980s in various Western European communist parties to develop a theory and practice of social transformation that was more relevant for a Western European country and less aligned to the influence or control of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Outside Western Europe, it is sometimes called neocommunism.WEB, Eurocommunism,weblink Webster's Dictionary, 9 April 2013, Some communist parties with strong popular support, notably the Italian Communist Party and the Communist Party of Spain, adopted Eurocommunism most enthusiastically and the Communist Party of Finland was dominated by Eurocommunists.In the late-1970s and in the 1980s, the Socialist International had extensive contacts and discussion with the two powers of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union, about East–West relations and arms control. Since then, the Socialist International has admitted as member parties the Nicaraguan Sandinista National Liberation Front and the left-wing Puerto Rican Independence Party as well as former communist parties such as the Democratic Party of the Left of Italy and the Front for the Liberation of Mozambique. The Socialist International aided social democratic parties in re-establishing themselves when dictatorship gave way to democracy in Portugal and Spain, resoectively in 1974 and 1975. Until its 1976 Geneva Congress, the Socialist International had few members outside Europe and no formal involvement with Latin America.Chamberlain, Greg; Gunson, Phil; Thompson, Andrew, eds. (1989). The Dictionary of Contemporary Politics of South America. Routledge.The Democratic Socialists of America was founded in 1983. The democratic socialist Michael Harrington and the socialist-feminist author Barbara Ehrenreich were elected as co-chairs of the organisation. The organisation does not stand its own candidates in elections, but it instead "fights for reforms [...] that will weaken the power of corporations and increase the power of working people".The Panhellenic Socialist Movement, better known as PASOK, was a social democratic party in Greece.{{citation|first1=Dionyssis G.|last1=Dimitrakopoulos|first2=Argyris G.|last2=Passas|title=The Panhellenic Socialist Movement and European Integration: The Primacy of the Leader|work=Social Democracy and European Integration|publisher=Taylor & Francis|year=2011|pages=117–156|url=}}BOOK, Almeida, Dimitri, The Impact of European Integration on Political Parties: Beyond the Permissive Consensus,weblink 2012, Routledge, 978-0-415-69374-5, 61, PASOK was founded in Greece on 3 September 1974 by Andreas Papandreou as a democratic socialist and left-wing nationalist party following the collapse of the military junta of 1967–1974.WEB, el:Καταστατικό ΠΑΣΟΚ,weblink ΠΑΣΟΚ, 10 June 2014, Greek, PDF, As a result of the 1981 legislative election, PASOK became Greece's first centre-left party to win a majority in the Hellenic Parliament.Mikhail Gorbachev wished to move the Soviet Union towards of Nordic-style social democracy, calling it "a socialist beacon for all mankind".Klein, Naomi (2008). (The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism). Picador. {{ISBN|0312427999}} p. 276Philip Whyman, Mark Baimbridge and Andrew Mullen (2012). The Political Economy of the European Social Model (Routledge Studies in the European Economy). Routledge. {{ISBN|0415476291}} p. 108.
  • "In short, Gorbachev aimed to lead the Soviet Union towards the Scandinavian social democratic model." Prior to its dissolution in 1991, the Soviet Union had the second largest economy in the world after the United States.WEB,weblink Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, 9 March 2008, 1990 CIA World Factbook, With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the economic integration of the Soviet republics was dissolved and overall industrial activity declined substantially.Oldfield, J. D. (2000) Structural economic change and the natural environment in the Russian Federation. Post-Communist Economies, 12(1): 77–90. A lasting legacy remains in the physical infrastructure created during decades of combined industrial production practices and widespread environmental destruction.BOOK,weblink Troubled Lands: The Legacy of Soviet Environmental Destruction (A Rand Research Study), D. J. Peterson, 1993, Westview Press, 978-0813316741, 3 April 2016, The transition to capitalism in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc was accompanied by a steep fall in the standard of living as poverty, unemployment, inequality and excess mortality rose sharply which was accompanied by the entrenchment of a newly established business oligarchy in the former.BOOK, Scheidel, Walter, Walter Scheidel, The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century, Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2017, 978-0691165028, 51, 222–223, JOURNAL, 10.1080/05775132.2015.1012402, After the Wall Fell: The Poor Balance Sheet of the Transition to Capitalism, Challenge (economics magazine), Challenge, 58, 2, 135–138, 2015, Milanović, Branko, Branko Milanović, BOOK, Ghodsee, Kristen, 2017, Red Hangover: Legacies of Twentieth-Century Communism,weblink Duke University Press, xix–xx, 134, 197–200, 978-0822369493, Kristen R. Ghodsee, JOURNAL, Ghodsee, Kristen R., 4, 2, 115–142, A Tale of "Two Totalitarianisms": The Crisis of Capitalism and the Historical Memory of Communism, History of the Present, 2014,weblink 10.5406/historypresent.4.2.0115, In addition to the desire for historical exculpation, however, I argue that the current push for commemorations of the victims of communism must be viewed in the context of regional fears of a re-emergent left. In the face of growing economic instability in the Eurozone, as well as massive anti- austerity protests on the peripheries of Europe, the "victims of communism" narrative may be linked to a public relations effort to link all leftist political ideals to the horrors of Stalinism. Such a rhetorical move seems all the more potent when discursively combined with the idea that there is a moral equivalence between Jewish victims of the Holocaust and East European victims of Stalinism. This third coming of the German Historikerstreit is related to the precariousness of global capitalism, and perhaps the elite desire to discredit all political ideologies that threaten the primacy of private property and free markets., 10.5406/historypresent.4.2.0115, JOURNAL, Rosefielde, Steven, 2001, Premature Deaths: Russia's Radical Economic Transition in Soviet Perspective, Europe-Asia Studies, 53, 8, 1159–1176, 10.1080/09668130120093174, Steven Rosefielde, The average post-communist country had returned to 1989 levels of per-capita GDP only by 2005.BOOK, Appel, Hilary, Orenstein, Mitchell A., 2018, From Triumph to Crisis: Neoliberal Economic Reform in Postcommunist Countries,weblink Cambridge University Press, 36, 978-1108435055,
Many social democratic parties, particularly after the Cold War, adopted neoliberal market policies including privatisation, deregulation and financialisation. They abandoned their pursuit of moderate socialism in favour of market liberalism. In the United Kingdom, Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock made a public attack against the entryist group Militant at the 1985 Labour Party conference in Bournemouth. The Labour Party ruled that Militant was ineligible for affiliation with the Labour Party and the party gradually expelled Militant supporters. The Kinnock leadership had refused to support the 1984–1985 miner's strike over pit closures, a decision that the party's left-wing and the National Union of Mine workers blamed for the strike's eventual defeat. In 1989, it adopted a new Declaration of Principles at the 18th Congress of the Socialist International in Stockholm, Sweden, saying: "Democratic socialism is an international movement for freedom, social justice, and solidarity. Its goal is to achieve a peaceful world where these basic values can be enhanced and where each individual can live a meaningful life with the full development of his or her personality and talents, and with the guarantee of human and civil rights in a democratic framework of society".Socialist International – Progressive Politics For A Fairer World {{webarchive|url=|date=22 February 2008}}In the late-1990s, the Labour Party under the leadership of Tony Blair enacted policies based on the liberal market economy to deliver public services via the private finance initiative. Influential in these policies was the idea of a Third Way which called for a re-evaluation of welfare state policies.Jane Lewis, Rebecca Surender. Welfare State Change: Towards a Third Way?. Oxford University Press, 2004. pp. 3–4, 16. In 1995, the Labour Party re-defined its position on socialism by re-wording Clause IV of their Constitution, effectively rejecting socialism by removing all references to public, direct worker or municipal ownership of the means of production. The Constitution now stated: "The Labour Party is a democratic socialist party. It believes that, by the strength of our common endeavour we achieve more than we achieve alone, so as to create, for each of us, the means to realise our true potential, and, for all of us, a community in which power, wealth, and opportunity are in the hands of the many, not the few".WEB,weblink Labour Party Clause Four,, 30 October 2008, 2 June 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 11 July 2007,

21st century

The Progressive Alliance is a political international founded on 22 May 2013 by political parties, the majority of whom are current or former members of the Socialist International. The organisation states the aim of becoming the global network of "the progressive, democratic, social-democratic, socialist and labour movement".WEB,weblink Basic document, Progressive Alliance, 23 May 2013, WEB,weblink A Progressive Network for the 21st Century, 23 May 2013, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 4 March 2014, dmy-all, As a term, democratic socialism became a synonym in American politics more recently for social democracy due to social democratic policies being adopted by progressives and reform liberals like Democratic Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt leading to the New Deal coalition to reform capitalism rather than socialists like in Western Europe and has remained despite being a misnomer.WEB,weblink Bernie Is Not a Socialist and America Is Not Capitalist, The Atlantic, 4 January 2019, On 30 November 2018, Bernie Sanders' The Sanders InstituteWEB,weblink Bernie Sanders turns focus to the White House and the world, Wegel, David, The Washington Post, 1 December 2018, 2 December 2018, and Yanis Varoufakis' Democracy in Europe Movement 2025WEB,weblink We shouldn't rush to save the liberal order. We should remake it, Adler, David, Varoufakis, Yanis, The Guardian, 1 December 2018, 2 December 2018, founded the Progressive International, an international political organisation which unites democratic socialists with other labour, left-wing, progressive and social democratic activists.WEB,weblink An Open Call to All Progressive Forces, Progressive International, 30 November 2018, 2 December 2018,


African socialism has been and continues to be a major ideology around the continent. The African National Congress in South Africa abandoned its socialist allegiances after gaining power in 1994 and followed a neoliberal route, although it remains affiliated to the Socialist International. From 2005–2007, the country was wracked by many thousands of protests from poor communities. One of these gave rise to a mass movement of shack dwellers called Abahlali baseMjondolo which continues to work for popular people's planning and against the creation of a market economy in land and housing despite major police suppression. In 2013, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, the country's biggest trade union, voted to withdraw support from the African National Congress and the South African Communist Party and form a socialist party to protect the interests of the working-class.NEWS,weblink South Africa's Biggest Trade Union Pulls Its Support for A.N.C., Lydia, Polgreen, 20 December 2013, The New York Times, The resulting party created was the United Front.Other democratic socialist parties in Africa include the Movement of Socialist Democrats, the Congress for the Republic, the Movement of Socialist Democrats and the Democratic Patriots' Unified Party in Tunisia, the Berber Socialism and Revolution Party in Algeria, the Congress of Democrats in Namibia, the National Progressive Unionist Party, the Socialist Party of Egypt, the Workers and Peasants Party, the Workers Democratic Party, the Revolutionary Socialists and the Socialist Popular Alliance Party in Egypt and the Socialist Democratic Vanguard Party in Morocco. Democratic socialists played a major part in the Arab Spring of 2011, especially in Egypt and Tunisia.


North America

{{see also|Socialism in Canada#"CCF to Victory", the rise of democratic socialism|History of the socialist movement in the United States|American Left#Social democratic and democratic socialist|l1=Democratic socialism in Canada|l3=Social democratic and democratic socialist parties in the United States}}In Canada, the democratic socialist Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), the precursor to the social democratic New Democratic Party (NDP), had significant success in provincial politics. In 1944, the Saskatchewan CCF formed the first socialist government in North America. At the federal level, the NDP was the Official Opposition from 2011 to 2015.{{anchor|Democratic socialism in the United States}}In the United States, Milwaukee has been led by a series of democratic socialist mayors, namely Frank Zeidler, Emil Seidel and Daniel Hoan.Paul, Ari (19 November 2013). "Seattle's election of Kshama Sawant shows socialism can play in America". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 February 2014. In 2016, Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders made a bid for the Democratic Party presidential candidate, thereby gaining considerable popular support, particularly among the younger generation, but he ultimately lost the nomination to Hillary Clinton. Sanders described himself as a democratic socialist.WEB, Lerer, Lisa,weblink Where's the outrage over AIG bonuses?, 16 July 2009, 19 April 2010, Politico, WEB, Powell, Michael,weblink Exceedingly Social But Doesn't Like Parties, The Washington Post, 6 November 2006, 26 November 2012, Since his praise of the Nordic model indicated focus on social democracy as opposed to views involving social ownership,Issenberg, Sasha (9 January 2010). "Sanders a growing force on the far, far left". Boston Globe. Retrieved 24 August 2013. "You go to Scandinavia, and you will find that people have a much higher standard of living, in terms of education, health care, and decent paying jobs."Sanders, Bernie (26 May 2013). "What Can We Learn From Denmark?". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 19 August 2013.WEB,weblink How much of a socialist is Sanders?, The Economist, 1 February 2016, 4 January 2019, the Cato Institute's Marian Tupy has argued that the term democratic socialism has become a misnomer for social democracy in American politics.WEB, Tupy, Marian,weblink Bernie Is Not a Socialist and America Is Not Capitalist, The Atlantic, 1 March 2016, 18 January 2019, However, Sanders has explicitly advocated for some form of public ownershipKaczynski, Andrew; McDermott, Nathan (14 March 2019). "Bernie Sanders in the 1970s urged nationalization of most major industries". CNN. Retrieved 20 July 2019. and today nonetheless advocates for workplace democracy,"Workplace Democracy Act".

Latin America

File:Fórum Social Mundial 2008 - AL.jpg|thumb|Presidents Fernando Lugo of Paraguay, Evo Morales of Bolivia, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil, Rafael Correa of Ecuador and Hugo Chávez of Venezuela in World Social ForumWorld Social ForumFor the Encyclopedia Britannica, "the attempt by Salvador Allende to unite Marxists and other reformers in a socialist reconstruction of Chile is most representative of the direction that Latin American socialists have taken since the late 20th century. [...] Several socialist (or socialist-leaning) leaders have followed Allende's example in winning election to office in Latin American countries".WEB,weblink Postwar socialism, Encyclopædia Britannica, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, Bolivian President Evo Morales and Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa refer to their political programmes as socialist and Chávez adopted the term socialism of the 21st century. After winning re-election in December 2006, Chávez said: "Now more than ever, I am obliged to move Venezuela's path towards socialism"."Many Venezuelans Uncertain About Chávez' '21st century Socialism'". {{webarchive|url=|date=12 July 2007}} Chávez was also reelected in October 2012 for his third six-year term as President, but he died in March 2013 from cancer. After Chávez's death on 5 March 2013, Vice President from Chavez's party Nicolás Maduro assumed the powers and responsibilities of the President. A special election was held on 14 April of the same year to elect a new President which Maduro won by a tight margin as the candidate of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela. He was formally inaugurated on 19 April."Nicolas Maduro sworn in as new Venezuelan president". BBC News. 19 April 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013. However, most democratic socialist intellectuals have been sceptical of Latin America's examples. While citing their progressive role, they argue that due to their authoritarian qualities and occasional cults of personality the appropriate label for these governments is populism rather than socialism.Pink tide is a term being used in contemporary 21st-century political analysis in the media and elsewhere to describe the perception that left-wing politics are increasingly influential in Latin America.NEWS, Gross, Neil,weblink The many stripes of anti-Americanism, The Boston Globe, 14 January 2007, 30 October 2011, NEWS,weblink South America's leftward sweep, BBC News, 2 March 2005, 30 October 2011, WEB, McNickle, Colin,weblinkweblink dead, 16 May 2016, Latin America's 'pragmatic' pink tide, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 6 March 2005, 30 October 2011, Foro de São Paulo is a conference of leftist political parties and other organisations from Latin America and the Caribbean. It was launched by the Workers' Party in 1990 in the city of São Paulo. The Forum of São Paulo was constituted in 1990 when the Workers' Party approached other parties and social movements of Latin America and the Caribbean with the objective of debating the new international scenario after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the consequences of the implementation of what were taken as neoliberal policies adopted at the time by contemporary right-leaning governments in the region, the stated main objective of the conference being to argue for alternatives to neoliberalism.WEB,weblink Foro de San Pablo ¿qué es y cuál es su historia?, Baraibar, Carlos, Bayardi, José, 23 August 2000, 13 February 2014, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 9 March 2016, Among its member include current socialist and social democratic parties currently in government in the region such as Bolivia's Movement for Socialism, Brazil's Workers Party, the Ecuadorian PAIS Alliance, the Venezuelan United Socialist Party of Venezuela, the Socialist Party of Chile, the Uruguayan Broad Front, the Nicaraguan Sandinista National Liberation Front and the Salvadorean Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front.In Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador of the National Regeneration Movement was elected in the 2018 presidential election. Many of his policy proposals include traditionally labour based and decentralised democratically socialist reforms such as increases in financial aid for students and the elderly, universal access to public colleges, a referendum on energy reforms that ended Pemex's monopoly in the oil industry, stimulus of the country's agricultural sector, delay of the renegotiation of NAFTA until after the elections, increased social spending, slashing politicians' salaries and perks and the decentralisation of the executive cabinet by moving government departments and agencies from the capital to the states.


In Japan, the Japanese Communist Party does not advocate violent revolution, instead proposing a democratic revolution to achieve "democratic change in politics and the economy". There has been a resurgent interest in the Japanese Communist Party among workers and youth due to the financial crisis of the late-2000s.NEWS, Demetriou, Danielle,weblink Japan's young turn to Communist Party as they decide capitalism has let them down, The Daily Telegraph, 17 October 2008, 30 October 2011, London, "Communism on rise in recession-hit Japan". BBC News. 4 May 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2009.After the 2008 general election, the Socialist Party of Malaysia got its first Member of Parliament, Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj.In the Philippines, the main party campaigning for democratic socialism is the Akbayan Citizens' Action Party, founded by Joel Rocamora in January 1998 as a democratic socialistBOOK, Historical Dictionary of the Philippines, Artemio, Guillermo, Scarecrow Press, 2012, 978-0-8108-7246-2, 26, and progressiveWEB,weblink About Akbayan - Akbayan Party List,, 27 July 2018, party which has consistently won seats in the House of Representatives, with Etta Rosales as its first representation. It won its first Senate seat in 2016 when its chairwoman, senator and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Risa Hontiveros was elected."Duterte's latest female target sees history repeating itself".In 2010, there were 270 kibbutzim in Israel. Their factories and farms account for 9% of Israel's industrial output, worth US$8 billion and 40% of its agricultural output, worth over $1.7 billion.WEB,weblink Kibbutz reinvents itself after 100 years of history, Taipei Times, Some kibbutzim had also developed substantial high-tech and military industries. Also in 2010, Kibbutz Sasa, containing some 200 members, generated $850 million in annual revenue from its military-plastics industry.Shemer, Nadav. "Bulletproof Innovation: Kibbutz-Owned Plasan Sasa's Ikea-Style, Flat-Pack Armor Kits". Fast Company.Other democratic socialist parties in Asia include the National United Party of Afghanistan in Afghanistan, the April Fifth Action in Hong Kong, the All India Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, the Samta Party and Sikkim Democratic Front in India, the Progressive Socialist Party in Lebanon, the Federal Socialist Forum and the Naya Shakti Party in Nepal, the Labor Party in South Korea and the Syrian Democratic People's Party and the Democratic Arab Socialist Union in Syria.


The United Nations' World Happiness Report shows that the happiest nations are concentrated in Northern Europe, where the Nordic model—which democratic socialists want to strengthen against austerity and neoliberalism{{Citation needed|date=October 2019}}—is employed, with the list being topped by Denmark, where the Social Democrats led their first government in 1924, then through the 1930s and 1940s until 1947, then again from 1953 until 1966, in 1971, from 1975 until 1981, from 1994 to 2001, from 2011 to 2015 and finally since 2019. This is at times attributed to the success of the Nordic model in the region, where similar democratic socialist, labour and social democratic parties{{Like whom?|date=October 2019}} dominated the political scene and laid the ground to universalistic welfare states in the 20th century. The Nordic countries, including Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden as well as Greenland and the Faroe Islands, also ranked highest on the metrics of real GDP per capita, economic equality, healthy life expectancy, having someone to count on, perceived freedom to make life choices, generosity and human development.Gregoire, Carolyn (10 September 2013). "The Happiest Countries In The World". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 1 October 2013.NEWS, Conley, Julia, Social Democratic Nations Rank Happiest on Global Index (Again). US Ranking Falls (Again),weblink Common Dreams, 20 March 2019, 31 March 2019, Likewise, countries adopting similar policies have ranked high on indicators such as civil liberties,"Freedom in the World 2018". democracy,"Democracy Index 2018" press,"2019 World Press Freedom Index". labour and economic freedoms,"2017 Index of Economic Freedom". peace"Global Peace Index 2018". and freedom from corruption."Corruption Perceptions Index 2018".The objectives of the Party of European Socialists, the European Parliament's democratic socialist and social democratic bloc, are now "to pursue international aims in respect of the principles on which the European Union is based, namely principles of freedom, equality, solidarity, democracy, respect of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, and respect for the Rule of Law". As a result, today the rallying cry of the French Revolution—Liberté, égalité, fraternité—is promoted as essential socialist values.Goodin, Robert E.; Pettit, Philip; Pogge, Thomas, eds. (1993). A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy. To the left of the European Socialists at the European level is the Party of the European Left, also commonly abbreviated as the European Left, a political party at the European level and an association of democratic socialist, socialistWEB, Nordsieck, Wolfram,weblink Parties and Elections in Europe,, and communist parties in the European Union and other European countries. It was formed for the purposes of running in the 2004 European Parliament election. The European Left was founded on 8–9 May 2004 in Rome, Italy.BOOK, Hudson, Kate, The New European Left: A Socialism for the Twenty-First Century?,weblink 19 June 2012, Palgrave Macmillan, 978-1-137-26511-1, 46, Elected MEPs from member parties of the European Left sit in the European United Left–Nordic Green Left group in the European Parliament. The democratic socialist Left Party in Germany grew in popularityWEB,weblink Germany's Left Party woos the SPD, World Socialist Web Site, 15 February 2008, 2 June 2010, due to dissatisfaction with the increasingly neoliberal policies of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, becoming the fourth biggest party in parliament in the general election on 27 September 2009.WEB,weblink Germany: Left makes big gains in poll, Green Left Weekly, 10 October 2009, 30 October 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 17 December 2009, dmy-all, In 2008, the Progressive Party of Working People candidate Dimitris Christofias won a crucial presidential runoff in Cyprus, defeating his conservative rival with a majority of 53%.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, Nation and World News – El Paso Times, 30 May 2012, 30 May 2012, In 2007, the Danish Socialist People's Party more than doubled its parliamentary representation to 23 seats from 11, making it the fourth-largest party.NEWS,weblink Danish centre-right wins election, BBC News, 14 November 2007, 30 October 2011, In 2011, the Social Democrats, the Socialist People's Party and the Danish Social Liberal Party formed a government after a slight victory over the main rival political coalition. They were led by Helle Thorning-Schmidt and had the Red–Green Alliance as a supporting party. In Norway, the red–green alliance consists of the Labour Party, the Socialist Left Party and the Centre Party and governed the country as a majority government from 2005 to 2013. In the January 2015 legislative election, the Coalition of the Radical Left led by Alexis Tsipras and better known as Syriza won a legislative election for the first time while the Communist Party of Greece won 15 seats in parliament. Syriza has been characterised as an anti-establishment party,WEB,weblink Global Daily – Europe's political risks, ABN AMRO Insights, whose success has sent "shock-waves across the EU".WEB,weblink Anti-establishment parties defy EU, BBC News, File:Jeremy Corbyn leadership election rally August 2016.jpg|thumb|Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, who won the Labour Party leadership on a campaign of a rejection opposed to austerity and a rejection of Third Way BlairiteBlairiteIn the United Kingdom, the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers, commonly known as the RMT, put forward a slate of candidates in the 2009 European Parliament election under the banner of No to EU – Yes to Democracy, a broad left-wing Eurosceptic, alter-globalisation coalition involving socialist groups such as the Socialist Party, aiming to offer an alternative to the anti-immigration and pro-business policies of the UK Independence Party.NEWS, Wheeler, Brian,weblink Crow launches NO2EU euro campaign, BBC News, 22 May 2009, 30 October 2011, WEB,weblink Exclusive: Tommy Sheridan to stand for Euro elections, The Daily Record, 30 October 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 11 January 2012, WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, 27 September 2011, Conference: Crisis in Working Class Representation, RMT, 30 October 2011, At the following 2010 general election, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, launched in January 2010WEB,weblink Launch of Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition,, 12 January 2010, 30 October 2011, and backed by Bob Crow, the leader of the RMT, other union leaders and the Socialist Party among other socialist groups, stood against the Labour Party in forty constituencies.NEWS, Mulholland, Hélène,weblink Hard left Tusc coalition to stand against Labour in 40 constituencies, The Guardian, 27 March 2010, 30 October 2011, WEB,weblink Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, TUSC, 30 October 2011, The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition contested the 2011 local elections, having gained the endorsement of the RMT June 2010 conference, but it won no seats.WEB,weblink How do we vote to stop the cuts?,, 30 October 2011, Left Unity was also founded in 2013 after the film director Ken Loach appealed for a new party of the left to replace the Labour Party which he claimed had failed to oppose austerity and had shifted towards neoliberalism.WEB, The Labour party has failed us. We need a new party of the left,weblink The Guardian, 4 December 2013, 25 March 2013, WEB, Seymour, Richard, Left Unity: A Report From The Founding Conference,weblink New Left Project, 3 March 2015,weblink" title="">weblink 2 April 2015, dead, WEB,weblink 'Left Unity' a New Radical Political Party of the Left, 4 December 2013, WEB,weblink RT News reports on Left Unity's founding conference, 4 December 2013, Following a second consecutive defeat in the 2015 general election, self-described democratic socialist Jeremy Corbyn succeeded Ed Miliband as the Leader of the Labour Party.NEWS,weblink Jeremy Corbyn's policies: how will he lead Labour?, 12 September 2015, The Week, In France, Olivier Besancenot, the Revolutionary Communist League candidate in the 2007 presidential election, received 1,498,581 votes, 4.08%, double that of the communist candidate.WEB,weblink Has France moved to the right?, Socialism Today, 30 October 2011, The party abolished itself in 2009 to initiate a broad anti-capitalist party, the New Anticapitalist Party, whose stated aim is to "build a new socialist, democratic perspective for the twenty-first century".NEWS,weblink Le Nouveau parti anticapitaliste d'Olivier Besancenot est lancé, Agence France-Presse, 29 June 2008, 17 September 2018,weblink" title="">weblink 13 February 2012, dead, On 25 May 2014, the Spanish left-wing party Podemos entered candidates for the 2014 European parliamentary election, some of which were unemployed. In a surprise result, it polled 7.98% of the vote and was awarded five seats out of 54"Spanish voters punish mainstream parties". Sky News. {{webarchive|url=|date=9 December 2014}}WEB,weblink Vote 2014, BBC News, while the older United Left was the third largest overall force, obtaining 10.03% and five seats, four more than the previous elections.WEB,weblink Acuerdo de la Junta Electoral Central, por el que se procede a la publicación de los resultados de las elecciones de Diputados al Parlamento Europeo, Boletín Oficial del Estado, 12 June 2014, The current government of Portugal was established on 26 November 2015 as a Socialist Party minority government led by Prime Minister António Costa. Costa succeeded in securing support for a Socialist Party minority government by the Left Bloc, the Portuguese Communist Party and the Ecologist Party "The Greens".WEB, Presidente da República indicou Secretário-Geral do PS para Primeiro-Ministro, Presidência da República,weblink 24 November 2015, 4 December 2015, pt,


Australia has seen a recent increase in interest of socialism in recent years, especially among young adults.WEB,weblink Poll shows 58% of 'Millennials' in Australia favourable to socialism, Boyle, Peter, Green Left Review, 22 August 2018, It is strongest in Victoria, where three socialist parties have merged into the Victorian Socialists which aim to address problems in housing and public transportation. New Zealand also has a socialist scene, but it is mainly dominated by Trotskyist groups. In Melanesia, Melanesian socialism developed in the 1980s, inspired by African socialism. It aims to achieve full independence from Britain and France in Melanesian territories and creation of a Melanesian federal union. It is very popular with the New Caledonia independence movement.{{citation needed|date=August 2018}}

Parliamentary democratic socialist parties

{{see also|List of democratic socialist parties and organizations|List of democratic socialist parties which have governed}}The following is a list of parties which are democratic socialist or partly democratic socialist currently having representation in the legislature of their country.
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Sandinista National Liberation Front{{flag|Nicaragua}}196165.86% (2016){{composition bar92per=1}}
Movement for Socialism{{flag|Bolivia}}199861.36% (2014){{composition bar130per=1}}
Broad Front{{flag|Uruguay}}197149.45% (2014){{composition bar99per=1}}
United Socialist Party{{flag|Venezuela}}200740.92% (2015){{composition bar165per=1}}
PAIS Alliance{{ref1}}{{flag|Ecuador}}200639.07% (2017){{composition bar137per=1}}
Party of Socialists of the Republic of MoldovaHTTP://WWW.PARTIES-AND-ELECTIONS.EU/MOLDOVA.HTMLFIRST=WOLFRAMWEBSITE=PARTIES-AND-ELECTIONS.EU, 27 February 2019, {{flag|Moldova}}199731.15% (2019){{composition bar101per=1}}
Democratic Socialist LeftNordsieck, Wolfram. "Parties and Elections in Europe". Retrieved 18 January 2019.{{flag|San Marino}}201612.11% (2016){{composition bar60per=1}}
Labour Party (UK)>Labour Party{{ref1}}United Kingdom}}|19002017 United Kingdom general election>2017)262red|per=1}}
Greece}}|20042019 Greek legislative election>2019)86red|per=1}}
Sinn FéinWHAT SINN FéIN STANDS FORWEBSITE=SINNFEIN.IEQUOTE=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., Nordsieck, Wolfram. "Parties and Elections in Europe". Retrieved 30 December 2015.Northern Ireland}}|19052017 Northern Ireland Assembly election>2017)27red|per=1}}
Inuit AtaqatigiitHTTP://WWW.PARTIES-AND-ELECTIONS.EU/GREENLAND.HTMLLAST=NORDSIECKWEBSITE=PARTIES-AND-ELECTIONS.EU, 6 October 2016, Greenland}}|19762018 Greenlandic general election>2018)8red|per=1}}
Left-Green MovementNordsieck, Wolfram. "Parties and Elections in Europe". Retrieved 30 December 2015.{{flag|Iceland}}199916.89% (2017){{composition bar63per=1}}
Broad Front (Peru)>Broad FrontPeru}}|20132016 Peruvian general election>2016)20red|per=1}}
|Sinn Féin
Ireland}}|19052016 Irish general election>2016)21red|per=1}}
New Democratic Party{{ref>socialdemocracy|1}}Canada}}|19612015 Canadian federal election>2015)41red|per=1}}
|Unidas Podemos
Spain}}|2016April 2019 Spanish general election>2019)42red|per=1}}
Peoples' Democratic Party (Turkey)>Peoples' Democratic PartyOZCELIK>FIRST1=BURCUURL=HTTP://CARNEGIEENDOWMENT.ORG/SADA/2015/06/11/WHAT-HDP-SUCCESS-MEANS-FOR-TURKEY/I9Q2CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE>DATE=11 JUNE 2015, The pro-Kurdish democratic socialist Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) [...]., Nordsieck, Wolfram. "Parties and Elections in Europe". Retrieved 30 December 2015.Turkey}}|20122018 Turkish parliamentary election>2018)67red|per=1}}
Workers' Party (Brazil)>Workers' PartyBrazil}}|19802018 Brazilian general election>2018)56red|per=1}}
The Left (Slovenia)HTTPS://WWW.REUTERS.COM/ARTICLE/US-SLOVENIA-GOVERNMENT-IDUSKCN1LT1WLDATE=13 SEPTEMBER 2018ACCESSDATE=10 JANUARY 2019, {{flag|Slovenia}}20149.33% (2018){{composition bar90per=1}}
The Left (Germany)>The LeftEVANS>FIRST1=ALEXURL=HTTP://WWW.THELOCAL.DE/20130916/51939DATE=16 SEPTEMBER 2013, Die Linke describe themselves as the party of democratic socialism [...]., Germany}}|20072017 German federal election>2017)69red|per=1}}
Socialist Party (Netherlands)>Socialist Party{{ref1}}Netherlands}}|19712017 Dutch general election>2017)14red|per=1}}
Socialist Party of Serbia{{ref>socialdemocracy|1}}{{flag|Serbia}}199010.95% (2016){{composition bar250per=1}}
Left Alliance (Finland)>Left AllianceNordsieck, Wolfram. "Parties and Elections in Europe". Retrieved 30 December 2015.Finland}}|19902019 Finnish parliamentary election>2019)16red|per=1}}
Left Party (Sweden)>Left PartySweden}}|19172018 Swedish general election>2018)28red|per=1}}
Red–Green Alliance (Denmark)>Red–Green AllianceDenmark}}|19892015 Danish general election>2015)14red|per=1}}
A Just Russia{{ref>socialdemocracy|1}}Nordsieck, Wolfram. "Parties and Elections in Europe". Retrieved 19 January 2019.Russia}}|20062016 Russian legislative election>2016)16red|per=1}}
Socialist Left Party (Norway)>Socialist LeftNordsieck, Wolfram. "Parties and Elections in Europe". Retrieved 30 December 2015.Norway}}|19752017 Norwegian parliamentary election>2017)11red|per=1}}
Party of Socialists and Democrats{{ref>socialdemocracy|1}}San Marino}}|20052016 Sammarinese general election>2016)3red|per=1}}
La France insoumiseHTTP://PARTIES-AND-ELECTIONS.EU/FRANCE.HTMLLAST=NORDSIECKDATE=2017,, France}}|20162017 French legislative election>2017)17red|per=1}}
The Left (Luxembourg)>The LeftNordsieck, Wolfram. "Parties and Elections in Europe". Retrieved 30 December 2015.Luxembourg}}|19992018 Luxembourg general election>2018)2red|per=1}}
Greece}}|20182019 Greek legislative election>2019)9red|per=1}}
Free and Equal (Italy)>Free and Equal{{ref1}}Nordsieck, Wolfram. "Parties and Elections in Europe". Retrieved 10 January 2018.Italy}}|20172018 Italian general election>2018)14red|per=1}}
|Movement of Socialist Democrats
Tunisia}}|19782014 Tunisian parliamentary election>2014)1red|per=1}}
Armenian Revolutionary FederationARMENIAN REVOLUTIONARY FEDERATION PROGRAMQUOTE=THE ARMENIAN REVOLUTIONARY FEDERATION IN ITS WORLD OUTLOOK AND TRADITIONS IS ESSENTIALLY A SOCIALIST, DEMOCRATIC, AND REVOLUTIONARY PARTY., DASHNAKTS'UT'YAN SOTS'IALIZMI MODELY>SCRIPT-TITLE=HY:Դաշնակցության սոցիալիզմի մոդելըURL=HTTP://WWW.PARLIAMENTARF.AM/INDEX.PHP?VIEW=07&ID=237&VERN=%D4%B4%D5%A1%D5%B7%D5%B6%D5%A1%D5%AF%D6%81%D5%B8%D6%82%D5%A9%D5%B5%D5%A1%D5%B6%20%D5%BD%D5%B8%D6%81%D5%AB%D5%A1%D5%AC%D5%AB%D5%A6%D5%B4%D5%AB%20%D5%B4%D5%B8%D5%A4%D5%A5%D5%AC%D5%A8%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20&PARUN=%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%D5%80%D5%B8%D6%82%D5%AC%D5%AB%D5%BD%D5%AB%209-%D5%AB%D5%B6%20%D5%BF%D5%A5%D5%B2%D5%AB%20%D5%B8%D6%82%D5%B6%D5%A5%D6%81%D5%A1%D5%BEPUBLISHER=ARMENIAN REVOLUTIONARY FEDERATION FACTION IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIADATE=9 JULY 2011ARCHIVE-URL=HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20180131033053/HTTP://PARLIAMENTARF.AM/INDEX.PHP?VIEW=07&ID=237&VERN=%D4%B4%D5%A1%D5%B7%D5%B6%D5%A1%D5%AF%D6%81%D5%B8%D6%82%D5%A9%D5%B5%D5%A1%D5%B6%20%D5%BD%D5%B8%D6%81%D5%AB%D5%A1%D5%AC%D5%AB%D5%A6%D5%B4%D5%AB%20%D5%B4%D5%B8%D5%A4%D5%A5%D5%AC%D5%A8%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20&PARUN=%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%D5%80%D5%B8%D6%82%D5%AC%D5%AB%D5%BD%D5%AB%209-%D5%AB%D5%B6%20%D5%BF%D5%A5%D5%B2%D5%AB%20%D5%B8%D6%82%D5%B6%D5%A5%D6%81%D5%A1%D5%BEURL-STATUS=DEAD, Armenia}}|18902018 Armenian parliamentary election>2018)0red|per=1}}
Croatian Labourists – Labour Party>Labourists – Labour Party{{ref1}}Nordsieck, Wolfram. "Parties and Elections in Europe". Retrieved 30 December 2015.Croatia}}|20102016 Croatian parliamentary election>2016)0red|per=1}}

Notable democratic socialists{{anchor|Notable democratic socialists}}


Heads of government

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  • Salvador Allende, President of Chile (1970–1973)BOOK, Patsouras, Louis, Marx in Context, 2005, iUniverse, 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., BOOK, Medina, Eden, Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende's Chile, 2014, MIT Press, 39, [...] in Allende's democratic socialism., BOOK, Winn, Peter, Victims of the Chilean Miracle: Workers and Neoliberalism in the Pinochet Era, 1973–2002, 2004, Duke University Press, 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.,
  • Jacobo Árbenz, President of Guatemala (1951–1954)Stephen, Schlesinger (3 June 2011). "Ghosts of Guatemala's Past". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  • Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand (2017–present)WEB, Dann, Liam, Liam Dann: Not another Jacinda Ardern column,weblink NZ Herald, 10 November 2017, 6 August 2017, – disputedWEB, Mapp, Wayn, Jacinda Ardern is no radical, but the 21st-century face of Blair's Third Way,weblink The Spinoff, 10 November 2017, 25 July 2019,
  • Clement Attlee, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1945–1951)BOOK, Morgan, Kenneth O., Kenneth O. Morgan, Britain Since 1945: The People's Peace, 2001, Oxford University Press, 111, The last years of Attlee's democratic socialist regime [...]., BOOK, Beech, Matt, Connelly, James, Hayward, Jack, The Withering of the Welfare State: Regression, The British Welfare State and its Discontents, 2012, Palgrave Macmillan, 90, Attlee's goal was a democratic socialist society [...].,
  • Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile (2006–2010; 2014–2018)BOOK, Livingston Hall, Anthony, The Ipinions Journal: Commentaries on Current Events, Volume 2, 2007, iUniverse, 18, Chileans elected Michelle Bachelet as their new president [...] [b]ecause her advocacy of democratic socialism.,
  • David Ben-Gurion, Prime Minister of Israel (1948–1954; 1955–1963)BOOK, Gal, Allon, David Ben-Gurion and the American Alignment for a Jewish State, 1991, Indiana University Press, 216, Ben-Gurion, Zionist and socialist-democrat [...]., BOOK, Jones, Clive A., Soviet Jewish Aliyah, 1989–1992: Impact and Implications for Israel and the Middle East, 2013, Routledge, 61, [...] Mapai, the democratic socialist party of David Ben Gurion.,
  • Léon Blum, Prime Minister of France (1936–1937; 1938)NEWS, Cohen, Mitchell, Mitchell Cohen, 'Léon Blum: Prime Minister, Socialist, Zionist,' by Pierre Birnbaum,weblink The New York Times, 12 June 2015, Blum declared that he was what Nazis "hated most, . . . a democratic socialist and a Jew.,
  • Willy Brandt, Chancellor of Germany (1969–1974)NEWS, Gress, David, Whatever Happened to Willy Brandt?,weblink Commentary (magazine), Commentary, 1 July 1983, BOOK, Sargent, Lyman Tower, Contemporary Political Ideologies: A Comparative Analysis, 2008, Cengage Learning, 118,
  • Hugo Chávez, President of Venezuela (1999–2013)WEB, Hugo Chavez,weblink Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Campaigning as a democratic socialist, Chávez [...]., 9 August 2015,weblink" title="">weblink 18 June 2015, dead, BOOK, Navarro, Armando, Global Capitalist Crisis and the Second Great Depression: Egalitarian Systemic Models for Change, 2012, Lexington Books, 299, – disputedBOOK, Munck, Ronaldo, Ronaldo Munck, Contemporary Latin America, 2012, Palgrave Macmillan, 119, In a broad historical sense Chávez has undoubtedly played a progressive role but he is clearly not a democratic socialist [...]., Iber, Patrick (Spring 2016). "The Path to Democratic Socialism: Lessons from Latin America". Dissent. "Most of the world's democratic socialist intellectuals have been skeptical of Latin America's examples [including Chavez and Correa], citing their authoritarian qualities and occasional cults of personality. To critics, the appropriate label for these governments is not socialism but populism."
  • Álvaro Colom, President of Guatemala (2008–2012)
  • Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador (2007–2017) – disputed
  • Alexander Dubček, leader of Marxist–Leninist Czechoslovakia (1968–1969)
  • Peter Fraser, Prime Minister of New Zealand (1940–1949){{DNZB|Beaglehole|Tim|4f22|Fraser, Peter – Biography|12 September 2015}}
  • Mauricio Funes, President of El Salvador (2009–2014)
  • Mikhail Gorbachev, Soviet leader (1985–1991)NEWS, Sachs, Jeffrey, Jeffrey Sachs, 26 December 2011, Gorbachev and the Struggle for Democracy,weblink The Huffington Post, During his six years of rule, Gorbachev was intent on renovating Soviet socialism through peaceful and democratic means., WEB, Perestroika: New Thinking for Our Country and the World by Mikhail S. Gorbachev,weblink Stetson University, 1987, The more socialist democracy there is, the more socialism we will have., {{dead link|date=December 2016|bot=InternetArchiveBot|fix-attempted=yes}}
  • Cheddi Jagan, President of Guyana (1992–1997)"Cheddi Jagan Elected As Guyana's President". The New York Times. 8 October 1992. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  • Norman Kirk, Prime Minister of New Zealand (1972–1974){{DNZB|Bassett|Michael|5k12|Kirk, Norman Eric|8 November 2012||Michael Bassett}}
  • Fernando Lugo, President of Paraguay (2008–2012)
  • Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa (1994–1999)BOOK, Nelson Mandela, Benson, Mary, Penguin, Harmondsworth, 1986, 9780140089417, 231–232, BOOK, Smith, David James, David James Smith, Young Mandela, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 2010, 978-0-297-85524-8, 231,
  • Michael Manley, Prime Minister of Jamaica (1972–1980)NEWS, Taylor, Bruce M., 15 March 1989, In Jamaica, Manley's Success Will Be U.S. Gain,weblink New York Times, 17 September 2017,
  • François Mitterrand, President of France (1981–1995)BOOK, Riemer, Neal, Simon, Douglas, The New World of Politics: An Introduction to Political Science, 1997, Rowman & Littlefield, 147, NEWS, Borsody, Stephen, In the wake of Francois Mitterrand's victory,weblink The New York Times, 29 May 1981, [...] a democratic Socialist success, such as President Mitterrand's [...].,
  • Evo Morales, President of Bolivia (2006–present)
  • José Mujica, President of Uruguay (2010–2015)
  • Walter Nash, Prime Minister of New Zealand (1957–1960){{DNZB|Gustafson|Barry|4n2|Nash, Walter|26 August 2013||Barry Gustafson}}
  • Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India (1947–1964)BOOK, Moraes, Frank, Jawaharlal Nehru, 2007, Jaico Publishing House, 187, BOOK, Powers, Roger S., Vogele, William B., Bond, Douglas, Kruegler, Christopher, Protest, Power, and Change: An Encyclopedia of Nonviolent Action from Act-Up to Women's Suffrage, 1997, Taylor & Francis, 9781136764820, 347,
  • Daniel Ortega, President of Nicaragua (1985–1990; 2007–present)
  • Olof Palme, Prime Minister of Sweden (1969–1976; 1982–1986)BOOK, Hanhimäki, Jussi M., Westad, Odd Arne, The Cold War: A History in Documents and Eyewitness Accounts, 2004, Oxford University Press, 441, Palme: Why I am a Democratic Socialist, 1982.,
  • José Ramos-Horta, President of East Timor (2007–2012)BOOK, Hoadley, J. Stephen, The Future of Portuguese Timor, 1975, Institute of Southeast Asian, 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 [...].,
  • Michael Joseph Savage, Prime Minister of New Zealand (1935–1940){{DNZB|Gustafson|Barry|4S9|Savage, Michael Joseph – Biography|11 December 2011||Barry Gustafson}}
  • Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, President of Brazil (2003–2011)
  • Sutan Sjahrir, Prime Minister of Indonesia (1945–1947)BOOK, Anwar, Rosihan, Sutan Sjahrir: True Democrat, Fighter for Humanity, 1909–1966, 2010, Penerbit Buku Kompas, 115, Sjahrir [...] called the ideology he had thought up and that he followed 'democratic socialism' [...].,
  • Kalevi Sorsa, Prime Minister of Finland (1972–1975; 1977–1979; 1982–1987)WEB, Astikainen, Arto, Kalevi Sorsa (21.12.1930 – 16.1.2004),weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, 2 February 2016, Helsingin Sanomat, 20 January 2004, We already are in democratic socialism. It will never be much different from this", Sorsa had said ten years earlier.,
  • Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of Greece (2015–2019)NEWS, Stone, Jon, Syriza: Everything you need to know about Greece's new Marxist governing party,weblink The Independent, 26 January 2015, [...] a democratic socialist group Synaspismós, which current Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras led.,
  • Tabaré Vázquez, President of Uruguay (2005–2010; 2015–present)
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Other politicians

  • Obafemi Awolowo, founder of Action Group and first Premier of the Western State of Nigeria"The Political Philosophy of Chief Obafemi Awolowo".
  • Tony Benn, leading British Labour Party politicianBOOK, Political Ideology Today, Adams, Ian, 1993, Manchester University Press, 139, Tony Benn's socialism is distinctive in the importance he places in combining socialism with radical democracy., WEB,weblink Tony Benn: Committed Democratic Socialist, 22 April 2014, Transnational Institute,
  • Aneurin Bevan, father of the National Health ServiceBOOK, Hall, Duncan, A2 Government and Politics: Ideologies and Ideologies in Action,weblink, 978-1-4477-3399-7, 46, 2011,
  • Lee Carter, elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2017WEB,weblink How a Socialist Beat One of Virginia's Most Powerful Republicans, 9 November 2017,
  • Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the British Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition (2015–present)WEB,weblink How Jeremy Corbyn Would Govern Britain, Calamur, Krishnadev, 18 August 2015, The Atlantic, 17 September 2017,
  • Tommy Douglas, Canadian politician and father of MedicareWEB,weblink Tommy Douglas, Lovick, L. D., 30 September 2013, The Canadian Encyclopedia,
  • Michael Harrington, founder of Democratic Socialists of America
  • Denis Healey, British Labour Party politicianNEWS, Ryan, Craig, I'm no Bennite. But I'm increasingly tempted by Jeremy Corbyn,weblink 29 December 2015, New Statesman, 17 August 2015, NEWS, Dabby, George, Interview: Denis Healey,weblink 30 December 2015, York Vision, 29 April 2014, NEWS, Healey, Denis Winston (b.1917).,weblink 30 December 2015, History of Parliament,
  • Neil Kinnock, self-described democratic socialist in opposition to Social Democratic Party defectors)BOOK, Heffernan, Richard, Marqusee, Mike, Defeat from the Jaws of Victory: Inside Kinnock's Labour Party,weblink 1992, Verso, 978-0-86091-561-4, 42,
  • Kevin Kühnert, politician of the Social Democratic Party of GermanyNEWS, Kühnert, Kevin,weblink Was heißt Sozialismus für Sie, Kevin Kühnert?, Die Zeit, 1 May 2019, 19 May 2019,
  • Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London 2000–2008BOOK, Hill, Dave, Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory, 2002, Lexington Books, 188, Tony Benn and Ken Livingstone can be depicted as two of the leaders of the democratic socialist (or 'hard') left [...].,
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, American politician and political activist"Ocasio-Cortez discusses 'Democratic Socialist' label". Politico. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  • Bernie Sanders, Senator from Vermont and self-described democratic socialist,NEWS, Bierman, Noah, Bernie Sanders seeks to pull Democrats left in 2016 primary,weblink The Boston Globe, 12 April 2014, 26 March 2019, The lawmaker, who is possibly the most liberal of all members of Congress — and the only one to call himself a democratic socialist [...]., but whose current advocated policies are more in line with Nordic model social democracyNEWS, Tupy, Marian, Bernie Is Not a Socialist and America Is Not Capitalist, The Atlantic, 1 March 2016,weblink 26 March 2019, First, Sanders is not a socialist, but a social democrat. Second, the United States does not have a strictly capitalist economy, but a mixed one., NEWS, Cooper, Ryan, Bernie Sanders and the rise of American social democracy, The Week, 10 January 2018,weblink 26 March 2019, Despite Sanders' self-identification as a 'democratic socialist,' all this is classic social democracy [...]., NEWS, Worstall, Tim, Bernie's Democratic Socialism Isn't Socialism, It's Social Democracy, Forbes, 17 May 2016,weblink 26 March 2019, NEWS, Qiu, Linda, Bernie Sanders — socialist or democratic socialist?, PolitiFact, 26 August 2015,weblink 26 March 2019, With these positions, Sanders is technically a social democrat [...]., NEWS, Barro, Josh, Bernie Sanders, Democratic Socialist Capitalist, The New York Times, 20 October 2015,weblink 26 March 2019, 'It's not socialism, it's social democracy, which is a big difference,' said Mike Konczal, an economic policy expert at the left-wing Roosevelt Institute.,
  • Kshama Sawant, Seattle City Council memberNEWS, Jamieson, Dave, Meet The Fist-Shaking Socialist Behind America's Highest Minimum Wage,weblink The Huffington Post, 6 May 2015, [...] identifies as a member of Socialist Alternative, an anti-capitalist, democratic-socialist party.,
  • Rashida Tlaib, American politician, lawyer and political activistNEWS, Naga Sui, Diamond,weblink Democratic Socialists of America scored wins in the midterms. What's on their agenda?, NBC News, 8 December 2018, 14 June 2019,

Intellectuals and activists

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  • Jim Cornette, professional wrestling personality and managerWEB,weblink No. I'm a Democratic Socialist--look it up. It's the only level-headed approach in the modern world with the billionaires giving it to us all up the sphincter., Jim, Cornette, Twitter, 17 December 2017, 22 June 2019,
  • Albert Einstein, German-born physicist who wrote about his political views in a 1949 article titled Why Socialism?BOOK, Isaacson, Walter, Walter Isaacson, Einstein: His Life and Universe, 2007, Simon & Schuster, 9780743264747, For the rest of his life Einstein would expound a democratic socialism that had a liberal, anti-authoritarian underpinning., BOOK, Calaprice, Alice, Lipscombe, Trevor, Albert Einstein: A Biography, 2005, Greenwood, 9780313330803, 61, He committed himself to the democratic-socialist goals that became popular among intellectuals in Europe at the time.,
  • Christopher HitchensWEB, Intellect, Manufacturing, Christopher Hitchens interview on the Clintons (1999),weblink YouTube, 14 October 2018,
  • Owen JonesJones, Owen (30 October 2015). "Modern capitalism is a sham, and why democratic socialism is our only hope". Twitter. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  • Helen KellerWEB, Keller, Helen, How I Became a Socialist,weblink Marxists Internet Archive, 15 June 2019,
  • Martin Luther King Jr., African-American civil rights leaderJOURNAL, Sturm, Douglas, Martin Luther King, Jr., as Democratic Socialist, The Journal of Religious Ethics, 1990, 18, 2, 79–105, 40015109, The essay argues that King was in fact a democratic socialist [...]., NEWS, Sekou, Osagyefo Uhuru, The radical gospel of Martin Luther King,weblink Al Jazeera, 20 January 2014, King's democratic socialism [...]., NEWS, Hendricks, Obery M., The Uncompromising Anti-Capitalism of Martin Luther King Jr.,weblink The Huffington Post, 20 January 2014, For King the answer was democratic socialism.,
  • Naomi KleinNineham, Chris (2007). The Shock Doctrine Book Review. Socialist Review. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  • Rosa Luxemburg{{sfn|Draper|1966|loc=Chapter 7: The "Revisionist" Facade}}
  • George Orwell, English novelistBOOK, Selected Writings, Orwell, George, George, Bott, 1968, 1958, Heinemann, London, 0-435-13675-5, 103, 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.,
  • Bertrand Russell, British philosopherBOOK, Bertrand Russell: A Political Life, Ryan, Alan, Macmillan, 1981, 9780374528201, 87, None the less Russell joined the ILP [Independent Labour Party] and declared himself a democratic socialist, then and thereafter.,
  • Andrei Sakharov, Soviet physicist, dissident and human rights activistWEB, Andrei Sakharov,weblink Spartacus Educational, He also advocated the integration of the communist and capitalist systems to form what he called democratic socialism.,
  • Roger WatersWEB, Greene, Andy, Roger Waters on 'The Wall,' Socialism and His Next Concept Album,weblink Rolling Stone, 17 May 2016,
  • Richard D. Wolff"Young Democratic Socialists: Interview With Professor Richard Wolff". {{webarchive|url=|date=9 September 2015}}. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  • Howard Zinn"Howard Zinn's Personal Philosophy". YouTube. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
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Views on compatibility of socialism and democracy


One of the major scholars who have argued that socialism and democracy are compatible is the Austrian-born American economist Joseph Schumpeter, who was hostile to socialism.BOOK, Horwitz, Morton J., Morton Horwitz, The Transformation of American Law, 1870–1960 : The Crisis of Legal Orthodoxy: The Crisis of Legal Orthodoxy, 1994, Oxford University Press, New York, 9780195092592, 255, In his book Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy (first published in 1942), Schumpeter "emphasize[s] that political democracy was thoroughly compatible with socialism in its fullest sense", noting that he did not believe that democracy was a good political system, but rather advocated republican values.JOURNAL, Barrett, William, William Barrett (philosopher), Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy: A Symposium, Commentary (magazine), Commentary, 1 April 1978,weblink Archived PDF.In a 1963 address to the All India Congress Committee, Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru stated: "Political Democracy has no meaning if it does not embrace economic democracy. And economic democracy is nothing but socialism".JOURNAL, Bilgrami, S. Jafar Raza, Problems of Democratic Socialism, Indian Journal of Political Science, 1965, 26, 4, 26–31, 41854084, Political historian Theodore Draper wrote: "I know of no political group which has resisted totalitarianism in all its guises more steadfastly than democratic socialists".Historian and economist Robert Heilbroner argued that "[t]here is, of course, no conflict between such a socialism and freedom as we have described it; indeed, this conception of socialism is the very epitome of these freedoms", referring to open association of individuals in political and social life; the democratization and humanization of work; and the cultivation of personal talents and creativities.Bayard Rustin, long-time member of the Socialist Party of America and National Chairman of the Social Democrats, USA, wrote: Economist and political theorist Kenneth Arrow argued: "We cannot be sure that the principles of democracy and socialism are compatible until we can observe a viable society following both principles. But there is no convincing evidence or reasoning which would argue that a democratic-socialist movement is inherently self-contradictory. Nor need we fear that gradual moves in the direction of increasing government intervention will lead to an irreversible move to "serfdom" [referring to The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich Hayek].Journalist William Pfaff wrote: "It might be argued that socialism ineluctably breeds state bureaucracy, which then imposes its own kinds of restrictions upon individual liberties. This is what the Scandinavians complain about. But Italy's champion bureaucracy owes nothing to socialism. American bureaucracy grows as luxuriantly and behaves as officiously as any other".


Some politicians, economists and theorists have argued that socialism and democracy are incompatible. According to them, history is full of instances of self-declared socialist states that at one point were committed to the values of personal liberty, freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of association, but then find themselves clamping down on such freedoms as they end up being viewed as inconvenient or contrary towards their political or economic goals. For instance, Chicago School economist Milton Friedman stated that "a society which is socialist cannot also be democratic, in the sense of guaranteeing individual freedom". Sociologist Robert Nisbet, a philosophical conservative who began his career as a leftist, argued in 1978 that there is "not a single free socialism to be found anywhere in the world".Neoconservative Irving Kristol argued: "Democratic socialism turns out to be an inherently unstable compound, a contradiction in terms. Every social-democratic party, once in power, soon finds itself choosing, at one point after another, between the socialist society it aspires to and the liberal society that lathered [sic; created, "whipped up" like soap lather] it". Kristol added that "socialist movements end up [in] a society where liberty is the property of the state, and is (or is not) doled out to its citizens along with other contingent 'benefits'". Anti-communist academic Richard Pipes similarly wrote:

See also

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