democratic socialism


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The right’s Pavlovian reaction to Ocasio-Cortez’s budget-busting democratic socialism has trapped it in a comforting haze of commie-fighting nostalgia. Will Wilkinson, Vox, "“Socialism” vs. “capitalism” is a false dichotomy," 16 Aug. 2018 According to the left’s own sources, democratic socialism will cost $42.5 trillion in its first decade. Brian Riedl, Vox, "America might be ready for democratic socialism. It’s not ready for the bill.," 7 Aug. 2018 His support for democratic socialism, Medicare for all, and other progressive polices helped set the stage for a major shift within the Democratic Party. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Bernie Sanders Believes the 2018 Midterms Are a Chance for Young Voters to "Transform America"," 2 Nov. 2018 Much of the new energy on the left over the past several years has been about making government bigger and bolder, an ideal driven by a burgeoning movement toward democratic socialism. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Top House Democrats join Elizabeth Warren’s push to fundamentally change American capitalism," 14 Dec. 2018 Republicans, meanwhile, are encouraged by the rise of democratic socialism — for a far different reason. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "James Comey warns Democrats against socialism: 'Please, please don't lose your minds'," 2 Oct. 2018 Recent victories from candidates like Salazar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may be a sign that the hundred-year-old political philosphy of democratic socialism could continue to be what divides centrist Democrats from progressive ones. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "Cynthia Nixon May Have Lost to Andrew Cuomo in New York's Primary, But the Push Left Lives On," 14 Sep. 2018 The idea that party committees must maintain complete neutrality in primary elections is not a first principle of democratic socialism. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "‘Rigging’ Primaries Is Fine. Backing Bad Candidates Isn’t.," 27 Apr. 2018 Thus, without additional reforms, single-payer could wind up enabling a massive set of corporate subsidies in the name of, well, democratic socialism. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Medicare for All Won’t Bring Medicare to All," 13 July 2018

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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