What Is Democratic Socialism?

DSA Night School

The phrase "democratic socialism" is indeed everywhere in the news these days.

Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Sen. Julia Salazar have claimed the label. Meanwhile, the Democratic Socialists of America has seen its membership explode from 6,000 in summer 2016 to more than 55,000 two years later, and the political establishment doesn't quite know what to make of it all.

The readings below will help explain why democratic socialism has dramatically increased in popularity since 2016 and dispel common myths and misconceptions about democratic socialism.

What Is Democratic Socialism?