Why are there no models of democratic socialism?


Although no country has fully instituted democratic socialism, the socialist parties and labor movements of other countries have won many victories for their people. We can learn from the comprehensive welfare state maintained by the Swedes, from Canada’s national health care system, France’s nationwide childcare program, and Nicaragua’s literacy programs. Lastly, we can learn from efforts initiated right here in the US, such as the community health centers created by the government in the 1960s. They provided high quality family care, with community involvement in decision-making. 

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commented 2016-04-12 11:05:28 -0400 · Flag
they’ve not fully instituted them because they do NOT work..Greece..Venezuala??? How’s that going? And there are already some social programs…welfare comes to mind….Billions spent…Millions taking advantage that DO NOT need it…..I agree with the few it helps. Social Security…hmm..SOCIAL….getting robbed….
commented 2016-02-10 01:25:57 -0500 · Flag

You are delusional. You must be smoking a lot of that “free marijuana”

WW2 took us out of depression, NOTHING FDR did worked, even left-wing econs will state that.

Maybe the Jimmy Carter years were the economic climax to those dem socialist “success years” Hmmmm?
commented 2016-02-08 17:36:22 -0500 · Flag
They danced around this question and tried to sweep it under the carpet, and then put lipstick on the pig. The question is “why are there no models of Democratic Socialism?” It did not ask about partial success. The answer to the question, “Why are there models for Democratic Socialism?”is simple. They have all failed. To say USA had a love affair until Reagan, ok well what happened to USSR shortly after Reagan? It went bye-bye. People were starving. And overthrew the powers. So why would we have continued down that road to nowhere? So we can fail the same way they did?
commented 2016-02-01 14:23:51 -0500 · Flag
Venezuela is an example of Democratic Socialism in action…a failed example. Think again
commented 2015-11-30 01:52:55 -0500 · Flag
Democratic socialism existed in the USA between the New Deal era and ended with Reagan in 1980.
Nothing conservative capitalists have tried since has EVER matched our economic success back then, nothing in THIRTY FIVE YEARS.

America enjoyed a fifty year love affair with democratic socialism. Most of us grew up in democratic socialist America.
commented 2015-05-10 22:52:15 -0400 · Flag
Well it seems that you are saying partial democratic socialism works.

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