Two Definitions of Democratic Socialism

The first is probably the most succinct and aligns with most of our membership. The second is from the national chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America.

Democratic socialism is a broad political ideology that advocates political democracy alongside social ownership of the means of production. Democratic socialists believe that capitalism is inherently incompatible with the democratic values of liberty, equality, and solidarity, and that these ideals can be achieved only through the revelation of a socialist society. Democratic socialism can be supportive of either revolutionary or reformist politics as a means to establish socialism, and is distinguished from social democracy by the latter’s renunciation of revolution.”

Norman Abjorensen, Historical Dictionary of Democracy, 2019

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.”

Democratic Socialists of America