Democratic socialism generally refers to any political movement that seeks to establish an economy based on economic democracy by and for the working class and poor. Democratic socialists opposes democratic centralism and the revolutionary vanguard party of Leninism. Democratic socialism is difficult to define, and groups of scholars have radically different definitions for the term. Some definitions simply refer to all forms of socialism that follow an electoral, reformist or evolutionary path to socialism, rather than a far left revolutionary one. It is best demonstrated by the economic format which has been used in Mew Zealand Sweden, Denmark, Norway & Finland in the past few decades.
Most agree In socialism, everybody would have access to the goods and services designed to directly meet their needs and there need be a living wage for the work or Universal Income for each individual . All work would be on a meaningful job or self employed basis. Producing for needs means that people would engage in work that has a direct usefulness. The satisfaction that this would provide, along with the increased opportunity to shape working patterns and conditions, would bring about new attitudes to work.
Democratic control is therefore also essential to the meaning of socialism. Socialism will be a society in which everybody will have the right to participate in the social decisions that affect them. These decisions could be on a wide range of issues—one of the most important kinds of decision, for example, would be how to organise the production of goods and services.
Far Left Socialists, Leninism, Leninists advocate the creation of a vanguard party, led by professional revolutionaries, to lead the working class in the conquest of the state. They believe that socialism will not arise spontaneously through the natural decay of capitalism, and that workers by themselves are unable to organize and develop socialist consciousness, therefore requiring the leadership of a revolutionary vanguard. After taking power, Leninists seek to create a socialist state dominated by the revolutionary party, which they see as being essential for laying the foundations for a socialist economy. The mode of industrial organization championed by Leninists and Marxism-Leninism is the capitalist model of scientific management inspired by Fredrick Taylor. Leninism branched into Marxism-Leninism, Trotskyism, Stalinism and Maoism.
The problem with Socialism is that there is varied kinds. Most socialists in the Social Democracy movement agree with the Socialist International. The SI is the only Socialist movement that contains electable socialists world wide,
Unfortunately the move to the right in composes-with social democratic parties, particularly after the Cold war, adopted neoliberal-based market policies that include privatization, liberalization, deregulation and financialization; resulting in the abandonment of pursuing the development of moderate socialism in favor of market liberalism. Despite the name, these pro-capitalist policies are radically different from the many non-capitalist free-market socialist theories that have existed throughout history.
But when we look at the far left they seem to break all there promises and the perfect workers paradise is never fulfilled. At least the SI parties have achieved something.
The PES-Party of European Socialists are aiming for a better Europe and delivering. In Calabria in Italy, The PES has made it possible to invest in a New Rail road, Air Port, build new tunnels, and a newly established University. The PES and Socialist Parties in host Countries have been working to improve the quality of life regardless of Right Wing and Conservative Parties.
Many Leftists and far left parties criticize Brazil’s socialism.
The Democratic Labor Party was elected in the 2002 , Brazil’s President Lula da Silva and Colombia’s Alvaro Uribe with over 70% approval have the best leaders’ performances in Latin America . Only going to show that far leftists are wrong again about Socialism. The peaceful transition of power to Luís Inácio Lula da Silva, who was elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2006, proved that Brazil had finally succeeded in achieving its long-sought political stability.Lula was succeeded in 2011 by the current president, Dilma Rousseff.
How do we define Socialism? Policies and ideas that perpetuate a true democracy, improve the quality of life, and present a fair and equitable system in the lives of all. We strive for better working conditions and elimination of poverty, and a new society where people have human rights freedom and liberty.
For Enie Wozunk. special Thanks and Kudos too Ed Asner.