democratic socialism


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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 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic primary in June in the 14th district next door, advocating a brand of democratic socialism that aims to take power away from the rich Democrats who dwell in lower Manhattan. The Economist, "The L wordWho is a Democrat?," 12 July 2018 Now, Brooks and Sullivan find themselves in a very different political universe, where Trumpian Republicans openly embrace ethnic nationalism while the left forthrightly advocates democratic socialism and identity politics. Jeet Heer, New Republic, "The Case for “Retreatism” in the Trump Era," 15 Feb. 2018 Only in 2016, thanks to Sanders, with his advocacy of single-payer healthcare, direct opposition to financial interests in politics, and open declaration of democratic socialism, was his conversion complete. Frank Guan, Daily Intelligencer, "Could a Democratic Socialist Actually Win a Spot on City Council?," 5 Nov. 2017 How could 12 million primary voters cast ballots not for market-friendly progressivism or New Deal liberalism, but democratic socialism? Graham Vyse, New Republic, "How Elizabeth Warren Became the Soul of the Democratic Party," 12 Oct. 2017 Bernie Sanders combined it with a call for democratic socialism, as did Jeremy Corbyn in Britain’s recent general election. Reihan Salam, Slate Magazine, "Republican challengers must step forward now if they want to wrest the presidency away from Donald Trump.," 13 June 2017

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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