What Is Democratic Socialism? Whose Version Are We Talking About?

Bernie Sanders is giving a speech on democratic socialism. But if you ask five democratic socialists what the term means, you’ll likely get five different answers.

Members of the Democratic Socialists of America gathered in New York in May. Because a binary view of “liberals” and “conservatives” dominates American politics, ideologies to the left of mainstream Democrats tend to get lumped together. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

By Maggie Astor

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