Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the new it girl of the left. She captured the imagination of liberal America when she defeated longtime Democratic congressman Joe Crowley in the Democrat primary. Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez called her the future of the Democrat Party.
She calls herself a democratic socialist.
So what’s the difference between regular old socialism and democratic socialism? We can look out to the world and see examples of socialism. There are the communist countries, most of which collapsed in the early 1990’s. Today, we most often point to Venezuela, a country with vast economic resources that elected an avowed socialist and then quickly descended into abject poverty and despotism. A google news search for Venezuela returns story after story of deprivation, misery, and brutality, all done in the name of socialism.
But that’s not democratic socialism, they say.