Democratic Socialism Has Deep Roots in American Life

By Lawrence S. Wittner |
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Bernie Sanders, who describes himself as a democratic socialist, spoke to an enthusiastic crowd inside of the gymnasium at Benedict College on September 12, 2015.

The shock and disbelief with which many political pundits have responded to Bernie Sanders’ description of himself as a “democratic socialist”—a supporter of democratic control of the economy—provide a clear indication of how little they know about the popularity and influence of democratic socialism over the course of American history.