What is Democratic Socialism? Q & A
Democratic socialists believe that both the economy and society should be run democratically—to meet public needs, not to make profits for a few. To achieve a more just society, many structures of our government and economy must be radically transformed through greater economic and social democracy so that ordinary Americans can participate in the many decisions that affect our lives.
Democracy and socialism go hand in hand. All over the world, wherever the idea of democracy has taken root, the vision of socialism has taken root as well—everywhere but in the United States. Because of this, many false ideas about socialism have developed in the US. With this pamphlet, we hope to answer some of your questions about socialism.
Doesn't socialism mean that the government will own and run everything?
Hasn't socialism been discredited by the collapse of Communism in the USSR and Eastern Europe?
Private corporations seem to be a permanent fixture in the US, so why work towards socialism?
Won't socialism be impractical because people will lose their incentive to work?
Why are there no models of democratic socialism?
But hasn't the European Social Democratic experiment failed?
Aren't you a party that's in competition with the Democratic Party for votes and support?
If I am going to devote time to politics, why shouldn't I focus on something more immediate?
What can young people do to move the US towards socialism?
If so many people misunderstand socialism, why continue to use the word?