I promised a while ago that I would write a post about the difference between democratic socialism and social democracy, but the article below does the job just fine.
There is no such thing as socialism that is at the same time democratic. Although he’s otherwise pretty shrewd, I’ve never understood why Bernie Sanders can be so stupid as to call his ideas democratic socialism. It puts too many people off and it’s not even correct. Bernie Sanders is not a socialist and neither are his ideas. They are social-democratic. Democracy and capitalism, but always with the welfare of everyone in mind, not just the few who can pay their way through anything.
The following article by a Finn explains it perfectly. It’s not about paying for others, but getting the benefits yourself.
Take universal healthcare. Sure, if you’re in your twenties and you’re never sick, it might sound unfair that you would have to pay into a pot that you don’t directly get anything out of. But the thing is: you do eventually; everyone gets old and everyone gets sick sooner or later. By the time these twenty-somethings are older, their healthcare is free as well, because other twenty-somethings and everyone else is paying into the pot. And since not everyone is sick at the same time-quite the opposite-the amount everyone puts in the pot can be a whole lot less than you pay as individuals in an everyone-for-themselves society like America.
Anyway, here’s the article: