What is Democratic Socialism? From Wikipedia:
Democratic socialism is a political ideology advocating a democratic political system alongside a socialist economic system, involving a combination of political democracy with social ownership of the means of production. Sometimes used synonymously with "socialism", the adjective "democratic" is often added to distinguish itself from the Marxist-Leninist brand of socialism, which is widely viewed as being non-democratic.
So basically Democratic Socialism is Socialism that isn't quite Communism. For any of us who have a basic understanding of history that is a bit comical considering that one of the very front men of Communism said:
"Communism is Socialism in a hurry"
Let me state the obvious that apparently is not so obvious to 3rd graders. Capitalism and Communism are pretty much at opposites when it comes to society. Capitalism is voluntary exchange without force from the State while Communism is involuntary exchange with force through the State. Socialism is a hybrid between the two. Let me say it again. Socialism is a mix between Capitalism and Communism.
Democratic Socialism is not Socialism because unicorns flying over purple bananas eat sandwiches at the mall during vacation in Italy -- and if you disagree you're RACIST!!
So Socialism latches on to an existing means of production since full Socialism is Communism and is not mathematically sustainable. So since Socialism can not latch onto Communism and survive, since Communism is bankrupt, it has to latch onto Capitalism. Capitalism actually creates wealth and innovations which make peoples' lives better. Capitalism is actually self-sustaining and able to grow and expand on its own. So Socialism latches on to Capitalism like a parasite and sucks the life out of Capitalism slowly but surely.
Socialism only grows. Socialism doesn't decrease with time, it increases. And in order for Socialism to increase, the host, Capitalism, must inherently decrease.
"Stealing isn't good. It doesn't matter whether you do it democratically or otherwise"
So why am I telling you all this? Because Democratic Socialism is not different than Socialism. Look at the very definition of Wikipedia. It mentions how Communism is non-democratic and hints at it being authoritarian. Because Democratic Socialism uses democracy it is somehow not Communism.
Okay, first of all, we're not talking about Democratic Communism, we're talking about Democratic Socialism. I've never seen Socialism that isn't democratic. When Socialism is non-democratic it is called Communism. So why the word games? Why not just call it Socialism? Socialism is Democratic Communism. Calling it Democratic Socialism is like me calling Fascism something like Corporate Fascism. Yeah, of course, that's what Fascism is.
But it's not even this. It's that by calling Socialism Democratic Socialism it somehow now becomes good. Stealing isn't good. It doesn't matter whether you do it democratically or otherwise. If 10 people vote to steal the money of 1 guy that isn't good. That's an evil, violent crime. So Socialism doesn't become any more moral by calling Socialism a different name. Democratic Socialism is just as violent, just as wicked and just as morally devastating as itself: Socialism.
Since you can make anything good simply by prefixing it with Democracy here are a few more things you may be into if you like Democratic stuff:
- Democratic Slavery
- Democratic War
- Democratic Violence
- Democratic Rape
- Democratic Theft
- Democratic Revolutions
- Democratic Anarchy
- Democratic Racism
- Democratic Murder
I love Democracy, don't you!?!?
Just another day on Planet Earth listening to some of that Earther Logic.
Filed under:Politics / Government, Like Communism But Less Communism, Left Logic, Makes Sense To A 3rd Grader, Compassionate Violence, A Softer, Friendlier Thief