democratic socialism


Definition of democratic socialism

: social democracy sense 1 Might it be better to chuck conservatism and liberalism altogether in favor of something like democratic socialism?— Laurie Ouellette Democratic socialism is growing in popularity among millennials …— Heather Timmons

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Examples of democratic socialism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Voters looking for a moderate alternative to Sanders’ democratic socialism were left without a clear choice. Magan Crane,, "Sanders Wins New Hampshire Democratic Primary Over Buttigieg," 13 May 2020 The other leading progressive in the race, Sanders came under attack from Biden and Bloomberg for his embrace of democratic socialism. Steve Peoples, Fortune, "Bloomberg and Sanders hit with fierce attacks during Democrats’ Nevada debate," 19 Feb. 2020 Like other Democratic contenders, Biden has argued that Sanders’ democratic socialism goes further than most Americans are comfortable with, and his policies would cost too much and intrude too far. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Biden-Sanders debate in age of pandemic: high anxiety and lots of contrast with Trump on coronavirus," 15 Mar. 2020 Democratic Socialists point to examples such as Canada's national health care system, France's nationwide childcare program and the wide-ranging welfare state in Sweden as models of democratic socialism. John Blake, CNN, "Socialism appeals to many black voters. But that's not helping Bernie. Here's why," 10 Mar. 2020 Sanders’ rivals describe democratic socialism as something more ominous. Joe Garofoli,, "Rivals rip ‘socialist’ Bernie Sanders. It may fall flat with Democrats," 25 Feb. 2020 Bloomberg’s attempt to equate his democratic socialism with communist regimes. Philip Elliott, Time, "Bloomberg Bombs in Democratic Debate as Warren Fights Back," 20 Feb. 2020 Contrary to the stereotype of democratic socialism being the province of young millennial urbanites, Ginter was first drawn to it amidst the agricultural crises of the 1980s. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "What the Green New Deal Could Mean for Iowa," 31 Jan. 2020 Social Security, public education, roads and highways, the military and most of the infrastructure are not the only things in this nation that are examples of our unique form of democratic socialism. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: The anti-socialism skew; We need a third party; Challenged by competition (12/23/19)," 23 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of democratic socialism

1848, in the meaning defined above

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26 May 2020

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“Democratic socialism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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