Democratic socialists argue that capitalism is inherently incompatible with the values of freedom, equality and solidarity and that these beliefs can solely be achieved via the realisation of a socialist society. Although most democratic socialists search a gradual transition to socialism, democratic socialism can assist both revolutionary or reformist politics as means to establish socialism. As a term, democratic socialism was popularised by social democrats who had been against the authoritarian socialist improvement in Russia and elsewhere through the twentieth century.
In the UK, cabinet minister Herbert Morrison famously argued that, “Socialism is what the Labour authorities does”, and Anthony Crosland argued that capitalism had been ended. However many socialists within the social democracy, at rank and file level in addition to in a minority within the management corresponding to Aneurin Bevan, feared the ‘return of the 1930s’ unless capitalism was ended, either immediately or over a particular time period.… Read More