Democratic Socialism Isn't the Same as Socialism—or Is It?

By Jessica Custodio

7/7/2020


The Democratic Socialists of America’s policy is “Democratic socialists believe that both the economy and society should be run democraticallyto meet public needs, not to make profits for a few. To achieve a more just society, many structures of our government and economy must be radically transformed through greater economic and social democracy so that ordinary Americans can participate in the many decisions that affect our lives. Democracy and socialism go hand in hand. All over the world, wherever the idea of democracy has taken root, the vision of socialism has taken root as welleverywhere but in the United States. Because of this, many false ideas about socialism have developed in the US.” 1


The DSA’s definition for Democratic Socialism may seem intriguing to one, but their actions do not reflect their words. 


Their beliefs echo the sentiment that “...many structures of our government and economy must be radically transformed through greater economic and social democracy so that ordinary Americans can participate in the many decisions that affect our lives.” 


They fail to understand that through Democratic Socialism, Americans would not have the freedom to participate and make decisions that affect their everyday lives. 


This can make one reflect whether they could allow themselves to fall into the hands of control by force or to direct their own lives without overreach and interference. 


Members of the United States Congress, Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have become champions of Democratic Socialism in recent years, deeming it different from Socialism. 


According to Ocasio-Cortez, democratic socialism is different from socialism because it involves “Less policy informed by frameworks of imperialism, colonialism, exploitation, and “security state” and suggests that the U.S. make it their goals to make “policy informed by decolonization, international labor rights, increased focus on economic opportunity for the poor, expanded indigenous rights and protections, and VERY importantly strong international agreements on climate action.” 2


What Ocasio-Cortez and other democratic socialists fail to acknowledge is that under democratic socialism the United States, specifically the working class, would become threatened and lose grip on their economic and social means to survive. 


About Jessica

Twitter: @Jess_Custodio

Instagram: @jcus5318

Jessica Custodio is a Contributing Writer for YAAS and a student at the State University of New York-Dutchess. Jessica is also the New York Senior Correspondent for Campus Reform.

When not debating socialism and politics, you can find Jessica at a local coffee shop or bookstore.


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