Socialsm vs. Democratic Socialism - not the same thingWhy is "democratic socialism" such a dirty word? Why do people think "fascism" or "communism," when they hear the word "socialism"? Often these misconceptions have been enhanced by those trying to turn the word into a weapon to advance their own nefarious purposes.
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Bernie Sanders says, "We must recognize that in the 21st century, in the wealthiest country in the history of the world, economic rights are human rights. That is what I mean by democratic socialism."
Standard socialism may sacrifice individualism and freedoms, but democratic socialism aims to instill human values into a democracy.
There, that wasn't so bad, was it?
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