Democratic Socialists want a government and economy that benefits all and just not an elite few. They also want a government that protects its citizens human rights, advances their standard of living, promotes equality, and plans for the welfare of future generations by reducing the effects of climate change. Below are a few things Democratic Socialists stand for in more detail:
Guaranteed Housing — Government should ensure that no one is homeless by providing the basic essentials of housing. Local governments in the US that have paid to have their homeless housed have found that it is far more cost effective than simply leaving them on the streets.
Universal Health Care — Health care should be a human right! Although Obamacare is a start it is not a final product. Some, such as myself and Sen Bernie Sanders, advocate for a single payer system. Eventually what needs to happen is Medicare being extended to every American as it is a system already in place.
Free education — Some countries like Finland pay the tuition for their students and pay them a monthly stipend for their living expenses. Such countries are investing in their youth and ensuring that when they graduate they do not have massive amounts of needless debt. Why is America not doing this? Why is America not investing in its youth? We SHOULD want our citizens to be intelligent and we SHOULD have a robust education system. Education should be free for Americans!
Transportation — All Americans should have access to transportation. This does NOT mean giving every American a new car. What it does mean is enlarging our public transit systems across this nation so that all Americans have access to them.
Guaranteed Employment — Anyone wanting to work should be able to find a job. Workers should have the right to be treated with respect not as serfs. They should also have the right to unionize and bargain on their own behalf for their betterment. America should have a system of employment which benefits our society and the worker at the same time rather than primarily benefiting the elite few and making them evermore richer. Our current employment structure simply allows the worker to survive while others (the owners) reap the profits.
Universal Income — every American should be guaranteed basic income and be encouraged to work at a job to supplement this income.
Climate Change — climate change is not a question but a REALITY! We see the signs all around us in our changing environment. For far too long big industry has polluted our environment and it’s time they be forced to be responsible! New technologies MUST not only be developed but MUST be employed that are more climate friendly. This change should have been made long, long ago but wasn’t because big industry only saw PROFIT and to hell with the poisoning of our planet! It’s time they be held to account and FORCED TO CHANGE!
Finally, the motto of COMMUNISM is “from each according to their ability, to each according to their need.” That is NOT the motto of DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM, however!
The motto of DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM is:
“from each according to their ability, to each according to their contribution.”