What is the difference between Socialism and Democratic Socialism?
I think the obvious thing is that one was democratic and one wasnt. Indeed, the very term democratic socialism was invented in the course of the Twentieth Century because it had to be distinguished from undemocratic socialism, and if you think for all the Twentieth Century, socialists in the left were tainted with the experience of the Soviet Union. If you were on the left in Britain for much of the Twentieth Century, the attack on you came from those who said, Really, you would have been in the Soviet Union because thats what you believe in. And therefore, the reason why people have to start talking about democratic socialism was to say, no, that is not our kind of socialism. Its one which builds on the democratic tradition but seeks to take it into social and economic areas. That was the key dividing line. It meant that when you had the post-war labor government in Britain, the Attlee government it was always said to be democratic socialism in action. It was democratically elected wi