But when we talk about ideas like democratic socialism, it means putting democracy and society first, instead of capital first; it doesn't mean that the actual concept of capitalistic society should be abolished [emphasis added].
Democratic socialists have long rejected the belief that the whole economy should be centrally planned.
The word socialism is still viewed negatively by independent voters, in more than one poll. Although this has begun to shift, DJT and his cohort have already started using this fact in his messaging for 2020. Multiple op-eds have been written about how the democratic socialists need to do more to explain how the policies of democratic socialism are misunderstood, but wouldn't it be easier to stop using the word? Or at a minimum, adopt "social democrats"?
I know hard-core socialists don't believe the two phrases are interchangeable, but what is more important? Using the word "socialist"? Gambling that a full explanation of the platform will erase the historical baggage that comes with the word "socialism" for voters over 30?
Or can we stop using "socialism" and focus on making healthcare, education, housing, and childcare more affordable? And reforming campaign finance laws? Because isn't that the point? Ensuring our democracy works for everyone, equally?