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Social Democracy

"Three Arrows" are representative in social democracy as smashing the the three forces, monarchy, fascism, communism which work against true democracy as noted in this 1932 election poster that reads, "Against Papen, Hitler, Thalmann." Unlike socialism in the Marxist sense, which aims to replace the capitalist system entirely, social democracy aims to reform capitalism in order to remove its perceived injustices.

Social Democracy is similar to Liberalism and Democratic Socialism. Social democrats want to see a market economy with both public and private sectors.

Social democracy and the public sectorEdit

Some Social Democrats think the private sector should be larger than the public sector. In social-democratic Scandinavian countries, the public sector may be larger than the private sector. Social Democrats believe that the government should make sure that all citizens can get child care, education, Health Care and similar services, see Welfare state. Sometimes the state runs these services. Other times the state subsidizes the private sector and the private sector runs it.

Social democracy preserves democracyEdit

Conservatives pretend that social democracy is like UN-democratic Communism. In truth, social democracy protects democracy. Many Conservatives try and pretend:-

  1. Social democracy is the same as socialism.
  2. Socialism is the same as Communism.
  3. Communism is the same as totalitarianism as in the USSR.

In reality conservatives can’t face the truth. Liberal or social-democrat welfare provisions can preserve democracy. Welfare provisions prevent people becoming so poor and desperate that they join Stalinist or Fascist type revolutions.

Social democracy and the private sectorEdit

Social democrats want the state to regulate the private sector and stop private companies harming society generally. The state should make sure trade is fair and prevent monopolies, etc. Social democrats want social security to protect people if they become sick or unemployed, or when they are too old to Work. They also want equal opportunities for people with disabilities. Social democrats want the state to protect people from becoming Poor generally. High progressive taxation is advocated to achieve this, that means taxing the Rich who can afford to pay.

Social democrats want to protect The environment. That means things like trying to reduce Global warming and developing alternative energy sources. They tend to be Pro-choice and in favour of same-sex marriage. They think countries should work to promote Democracy abroad. They want to see Civil liberties protected and accept multiculturalism. Denmark is an example of a social democracy and is one of the happiest Countries in the World.

Social democracy and liberalsEdit

There is a great deal of overlap between social democrats and liberals, indeed some people and organisations cam be both social democrat and liberal at the same time. A further complication is that people and groups that would be called social democrat in Europe are usually called liberal in the USA. As a general rule people and groups seen as liberal put more emphasis on Freedom while social democrats emphasise more welfare provision and regulation for the public good.

Forms of Social DemocracyEdit


Friendly IdeologiesEdit

Enemy IdeologiesEdit

See alsoEdit

Democratic Socialism

References and external linksEdit

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