from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A political theory advocating the use of democratic means to achieve a gradual transition from capitalism to socialism.
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- n. A moderate political philosophy or ideology that aims to achieve socialistic goals within capitalist society such as by means of a strong welfare state and regulation of private industry.
- n. The peaceful and gradual transition from capitalism to socialism by democratic means.
- n. A society based on either of the above.
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- n. the belief in a gradual transition from capitalism to socialism by democratic means
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At the end of his blog, the author observes that the US already has elements of social democracy.
This is why social democracy has never existed in name in South African left politics.
Right across the western capitalist world the same formula is being put in place by the ruling class, and social democracy - as it has always done - is standing side by side with the bosses.
Understandably, social democracy is a hard sell in the United States.