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Europe Is Not Socialist And Neither Are You

Voters really need to stop confusing Nordic social democracy with socialism.

Not for the one-percent

Many economists and journalists have noted that Sanders’s views aren’t really socialist, and rather are based on tax-funded social benefits rather than social ownership of the means of production. Sanders philosophies really are better described as social democracy and social welfare, which are political and social ideologies rather than economic. In this sense, Sanders is perhaps a believer in reform to capitalism, but he is not a socialist.

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Democratic Socialists of America

U.S. Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan are actual socialists and members of the Democratic Socialists of America. They believe that working people should run both the economy and society, and they are against profit-making as it exists currently.

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What about Norway?

Democratic socialists love to cite living breathing examples of socialist paradises in Europe, particularly in the Nordic countries. It is true that Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark all boast high rates of economic freedom, universal health care, exceptionally high wealth per capita, low-income inequality, impressive free-public education, and a high rate of social mobility.

Why words matter

Some may make the argument that it’s the ideology, not the label that matters. If it’s called democratic socialism, or social democracy, or socially democratic socialism, it shouldn’t matter just as long as the ideas are sound. While in many instances semantics are indeed not vital, in the instance of socialism they are of terrible importance. This is due to one very simple reason:

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