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Democratic-Socialism

"Americans have long debated two contrasting visions of what kind of country they want to have. Both are ideal types linked to mainstream forms of conservative and progressive politics. The first is the vision of a society that provides unrestricted liberty to acquire wealth, lifts the right to property above the right to self-government, and limits the federal government to national defense and protecting the interests of elites. The logic of this ideal is right-libertarian or right-nationalist, legitimizing the dominance of the wealthy, the aggressive, and the corporations in the name of individual freedom. The second is the vision of a realized democracy in which the people control the government and economy, self-government is superior to property, and no group dominates any other. The logic of this ideal is democratic socialist or left-progressive, extending the rights of political democracy into the social and economic spheres."    - Gary Dorrien ; American Democratic Socialism: History, Politics, Religion, and Theory, p. 18


"The project of making democratic socialism American has long involved religious, black freedom, and feminist movements lacking much history in Continental traditions of democratic socialism."

   - Gary Dorrien ; American Democratic Socialism: History, Politics, Religion, and Theory, p. 7


“The convention that democratic socialism is hopelessly un-American has become unsettled . . . [and] I shall argue that Christian socialism has been far more important in American democratic socialism than previous books on this subject convey.”

   - Gary Dorrien ; American Democratic Socialism: History, Politics, Religion, and Theory, p. 7


“Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and even struggling Britain invest in the common good in ways that vastly surpass the United States.”

   - Gary Dorrien ; American Democratic Socialism: History, Politics, Religion, and Theory, p. 30


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