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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democratic socialist adjective or noun

Examples of democratic socialism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Just as King has been shorn of his political radicalism—his democratic socialism, his anti-imperialism—his religious particularism is too often ignored. Matthew Sitman, The New Republic, "Whither the Religious Left?," 15 Apr. 2021 In reality, Democrats embrace two broad approaches to policymaking, which might be symbolized by Elizabeth Warren-style capitalism or Bernie Sanders-style democratic socialism. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "After Trump, are Republicans still the party of business?," 12 Dec. 2020 From Hayek, Garza absorbed the notion that democratic socialism will eventually lead to Soviet-style communism. Marcela Valdes, New York Times, "The Fight to Win Latino Voters for the G.O.P.," 24 Nov. 2020 The Democratic newcomers to Congress in 2019 largely hewed to traditional FDR-through-Obama liberalism, not Bernie Sanders-style democratic socialism. David Greenberg, Washington Post, "A Joe Biden biography with a few surprises," 23 Oct. 2020 In 1956, after publicly advocating democratic socialism, Professor Orlov was fired as a research physicist at the Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics and expelled from the Communist Party. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Yuri Orlov, Bold Champion of Soviet Dissidents, Dies at 96," 1 Oct. 2020 Her new novel is Want, a brisk first-person saga with a plot that reads both like every millennial Brooklynite’s worst nightmare and a 200-page argument for the necessity of democratic socialism. Seija Rankin,, "Want's Lynn Steger Strong on writing her own privilege," 7 July 2020 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

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First Known Use of democratic socialism

1848, in the meaning defined above

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27 Apr 2021

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“Democratic socialism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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