Defend Democratic Socialism

The word “Socialism” is often used to induce fear, and this page serves as a resource of ways to combat its misuse. Below are ways to respond to claims and arguments often used to put socialism in an unfairly negative light. Please join in and comment on how you would handle any of these specific claims, we can’t make as big a difference without your participation.

How to respond to
"Ben Shapiro suggests #BlackLivesMatter is not justified"

Why are blacks arrested up to eight times more often for marijuana than whites, when the usage is nearly identical...

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How to respond to
"Bernie will tax us to death"

Bernie has explained how he plans to pay for each and every policy proposed [https://berniesanders.com/issues/how-bernie-pays-for-his-proposals/] and its not raising...

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How to respond to
"If elected, Bernie won't be able to get things done"

Bernie is the only candidate admitting no president can get anything done without the approval of corporate America. A Princeton study found "the number of American...

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How to respond to
"Why not raise the minimum wage to $25, $50, or $100?"

Labor productivity over time is measured by the BLS Labor Productivity and Costs program (LPC). The specific index used here is for the Business Sector. The index...

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How to respond to
"There is no consensus on climate change"

Multiple studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals show that 97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists agree: Climate-warming trends...

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How to respond to
"Bernie Sanders can't get elected president"

Bernie is polling similar to President Barrack Obama in his 2008 run against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, if not better...

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How to respond to
"We don’t have the money to pay for everything Bernie wants"

Top Economist, Gerald Friedman, Says Bernie’s Plan will not only work, but will actually save the US $5 trillion over ten years. Because of the savings, it is...

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How to respond to
"Democratic Socialism will take away our freedom"

The only freedoms Democratic Socialism takes away are the freedoms of the rich to exploit the worker or the freedom to concentrate power for one...

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How to respond to
"People will have less chance of becoming rich in the US under Democratic Socialism"

Social mobility (how children move up or down the economic ladder in comparison with their parents) in earnings, wages and education tends to be easier in Australia...

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How to respond to
"Democratic Socialists don’t respect freedom of religion"

Democratic Socialists consider religion a private matter, and actively fight against discrimination on the basis of...

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How to respond to
"Under Democratic Socialism, there is no incentive to work"

Socialism rewards hard work, while under capitalism the richest people are the ones who do no work at all. In a socialist society, the working class controls the means...

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How to respond to
"Democratic Socialists are against democracy and for a dictatorship"

The two-party “democratic” system under capitalism is in fact a dictatorship of the rich. Under it, working people create all the wealth, but capitalists—who own...

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How to respond to
"Democratic Socialists want to take away your property"

This myth confuses production of property and owning property, Democratic Socialists do not want the government to own property, just to regulate the means of...

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How to respond to
"Socialism hurts small business"

Under Democratic Socialism there will be low-interest loans available to small businesses. If a person has a dream of opening up a small business they won’t need to...

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How to respond to
"Hitler was a Socialist"

It's quite clear on whether Hitler was a socialist, it would be wrong to see Nazism as a form of, or an outgrowth of, socialism.” Not only was Hitler not a socialist...

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How to respond to
"You're a Socialist!"

There are, in fact, no neat demarcations in the discussion of socialism. There are multiple definitions of the concept and numerous ways of actually conceptualizing...

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How to respond to
"Democratic Socialism doesn’t work"

Many countries have “mixed economies” some lean to socialism others, like America, lean to capitalism. Nations that lean towards socialism are overwhelmingly...

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