Democratic Socialism and Social Democracy are not the same thing

“Democratic” Socialists have long used countries like Norway as evidence that socialism works. And it’s really nice to see that people are starting to point out that the Nordic Model is actually social democracy, not socialism. But now… in an attempt to save their narrative, the Democratic Socialists are pretending that social democracy is all they want.

The point that we, Liberals, are trying to make, when we remind people that the Nordic Model isn’t socialism… is that Democratic Socialists need to stop comparing what they’re trying to do with the Nordic Model… because what they are pushing for isn’t anything like the Nordic Model at all.

I am all for us giving the Nordic Model a try. Tax funded education, healthcare, and pensions? Let’s do it. But social democracy doesn’t aim to abolish capitalism or replace private industry with public ownership like Democratic Socialism does. Those who claim that these political ideologies are the same thing are either naïve or being dishonest.

Why is it that socialists can only defend themselves by pretending to be something different? If socialism is so great, why aren’t they defending it for what it is, instead of pretending it’s something different?

But… capitalism literally kills? Someone forgot to tell the Nords. They’re still capitalists, and have somehow managed to survive.

Author: Naomi Allen