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Bernie Sanders gives a lesson in socialism during Democratic debate


Lookups spiked on October 14, 2015.


The first debate of Democratic presidential candidates brought intense focus on the differences between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, who describes himself as a "democratic socialist."

Socialism is defined as "a way of organizing a society in which major industries are owned and controlled by the government rather than by individual people and companies," and democratic socialism is a form of government in which state regulation (without state ownership) would ensure economic growth and a fair distribution of income.

Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the VA are all programs currently in place that resemble socialist policy, but socialism has been a hot-button word in American politics since the 1930s, when it was often conflated with communism.

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