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A2 Govt. & Politics: Ideologies.
I've completed an essay on socialism: To what extent have socialists disagreed over the means of achieving socialism?
However, my teacher has given feedback and says I need to include the tension between democratic socialists and social democracy, but I can't really figure out what democratic socialism is?

I'm aware of social democracy being the balance between market capitalism and state intervention, with the intent to humanise capitalism instead of abolishing it (along with the welfare state, economic management etc etc).

I know that democratic socialism is about gradual socialism through democratic reform but not much else.

Can anyone help please?!
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youre basically right thats what democratic socialism is...you could also say that they believe that (unlike fundamentalists) that the w/c need to have support to achieve consciousness ...seeing that fundamentalists believe that it can be spontaneous democratic socialists believe that they need help to achieve it....also you could say that they believe revolution isnt necessary as w/c will vote for socialist parties as they have always looked out for the workers with things such as trade unions and that traditionally the w/c are the majority thus the socialist party will undoubtedly be able to achieve power and change through the parliamentary route

hope that makes sense! i dont think many people choose socialism so its cool to find another person who is giving it a go
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youre basically right thats what democratic socialism is...you could also say that they believe that (unlike fundamentalists) that the w/c need to have support to achieve consciousness ...seeing that fundamentalists believe that it can be spontaneous democratic socialists believe that they need help to achieve it....also you could say that they believe revolution isnt necessary as w/c will vote for socialist parties as they have always looked out for the workers with things such as trade unions and that traditionally the w/c are the majority thus the socialist party will undoubtedly be able to achieve power and change through the parliamentary route

hope that makes sense! i dont think many people choose socialism so its cool to find another person who is giving it a go
Thanks so much Is that really all which can be said about democratic socialists? I feel like in an essay I'd only be able to write a paragraph on it.. but I guess if there's enough info in depth about communism v social democracy then it wouldn't matter too much?

Oh god, I can see why many people don't choose it tbh, it's so hard to get your head round
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Thanks so much Is that really all which can be said about democratic socialists? I feel like in an essay I'd only be able to write a paragraph on it.. but I guess if there's enough info in depth about communism v social democracy then it wouldn't matter too much?

Oh god, I can see why many people don't choose it tbh, it's so hard to get your head round
Pretty much tbh but as there's 5 strands you can talk all that so even if you only do one para on social democracy you'll be able to structure a whole essay...my teacher the other day said about you can do a bit for fundamentalism about orthrodox fundamentalism -Leninism and his party but I don't quite understand how that could be done but that will give you another para!


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