A #DemocraticSocialist is just a #socialist who has figured out that because #socialism produces NOTHING, he must hijack free capitalist societies. Just like the parasite needs the host, a democratic socialist needs to feed on capitalism, even as he works to destroy it.
(More on this in subsequent posts.)
Yep… and adding the qualifier, “Democratic,” appeals to those already aligned with the Democrat Party, many of whom are young, newly “woke,” and simply looking to the Nanny State for anything in return for nothing.
Indeed. But it also has a very old pedigree, going back to the earliest days of socialist thought. People like Bernstein genuinely believed that socialism could be achieved without violence, through “reformist” means. I think he was both wrong, and right, in a way.
Obviously most of his fellow socialists decided to go the revolutionary route instead. They understood that the workers weren’t rising up, so they had to get violent on the workers’ behalf, and quick. We all know how that turned out.
Since that didn’t work, however, reformist* socialists took over and are working their incremental coup throughout the West. But at the end of the day, violence is inherent in leftism (a subject I will take on in an upcoming article). The incremental approach can only last for so long before they get tired of it. Which is why we get stuff like this: https://www.zerohedge.com/political/gulags-werent-bad-sanders-staffer-says-trump-supporters-will-need-be-re-educated-camps
(*I’ve decided that “incremental” socialism is a more accurate term than the more commonly used “reformist” socialism. )