So what is socialism?

Socialism is a political and economic theory that advocates for the means of production should be owned by the community as a whole.

Socialism seeks to elimanate a market based economy and thus eliminates private property rights.  It is in many ways the opposite of capitalism.  

Because the system advocates for community to be held in higher regard than the individual, it is sometimes best understood as 'collectivism'.  

So what is 'Democratic Socialism'?

Well, socialism is still socialism no matter what you put in front of it.  Is is seperate from progressive democratics or even 'social democracy' which seeks to reform and not end capitalism.  Democratic Socialism is at it's core still trying to eliminate capitalism and thus private ownership of property. 

Democratic Socialism is a marketing phrase to hide the intention, and make socialism seem more palitable to the general public.  Though, it's important to point out that former leaders of Socialist countries also called themselves 'Democratic Socialists', Pol Pot, Stalin, Mao - three of the most represensible leaders of the 20th Century.  

  1. If you value private property you aren't a socialist - It's true, if you are a liberal young student reading this and you are just upset at capitalism but still like a market economy and just want more social welfare programs - you are a social democrat or a progressive - you are not a socialist.  Stop playing footsie with those who want full Government (community) control our entire economy and business community.  
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