Here's the difference between a 'socialist' and a 'democratic socialist'

Feb 2006
Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-declared democratic socialist, is a leading contender for the 2020 Democratic nomination.

Sanders' has been decried as a radical and unelectable over his policy proposals as well as his association with socialism.

"Socialist" remains a dirty, and often misunderstood, term in the realm of US politics. Nearly 21% of Americans consider socialism to be a threat to the US, an Insider poll found last summer.

In general, socialists believe the government should provide a range of basic services to the public, such as health care and education, for free or at a significant discount.

Democratic socialism is related, but what politicians like Sanders are pushing for is not akin to the authoritarian-style socialism in places like Venezuela.

Jul 2015
Lenin said: "A Communist is a Socialist in a hurry"

Bernie is a great admirer of Lenin. Unfortunately he must deal with the constraints of a democracy, so he is a patient communist.