Democratic socialism is a political ideology advocating a democratic political system alongside a socialist economic system. This may refer to extending principles of democracy in the economy (such as through cooperatives or workplace democracy), or may simply refer to trends of socialism that emphasise democratic principles as inalienable from their political project.
There is no exact definition of democratic socialism. Some forms of democratic socialism overlap with social democracy, while other forms reject social democratic reformism in favor of more revolutionary methods, and overlap with Revolutionary Socialism.
Some definitions simply refer to all forms of socialism that follow a gradual, reformist or evolutionary path to socialism, rather than a revolutionary one. Often, this definition is invoked to distinguish democratic socialism from Stalinist socialism, as in Donald Busky's Democratic Socialism: A Global Survey, Jim Tomlinson's Democratic Socialism and Economic Policy: The Attlee Years, 1945-1951, Norman Thomas Democratic Socialism: a new appraisal or Roy Hattersley's Choose Freedom: The Future of Democratic Socialism.
Nowhere have I stated that socialism is the same as Marxism or any of its implementations that are widely described as communism.
I myself could be described as 'economically left' as I do have a strong support for welfare.
I have researched enough about communism. And while I myself lack the empathy to disregard ideologies because of their death count. I simply disagree with communism.
But I do consider those deaths as important. They tell us something.
Lenin: 11 million
Stalin: 40 million
Mao: 60 million
And these are just examples. When reading about Mao, well, besides being a cruel wank I am convinced most of the deaths caused by him are just his stupid self trying to implement the ideology and failing terribly.
Lenin was probably just cruel, but perhaps had the same mind-set as for example the authoritarian leader Adolf Hitler. Both used camps as a punishment, Why Lenin's death toll greatly exceeds that Adolf's is probably because Russia is one hell of a big country. While strongly disregarding communism, I must say I don’t believe Lenin didn’t care about his people. He worked 16 hours a day, and his heart attack was speculated to be the cause of stress. So like I said, probably just because of authoritarian rule. Still to be taken seriously but it is a different thing.
Stalin... Stalin was a smart guy. But in no way did he care for his people. Where at some points Russian leaders forced entire populations of ethnicities out of their native land to repress Nationalism (which is still horrible), Stalin saw a rise of nationalism in the Ukraine and thought 'hey, why not take the easy way?' and killed 7,5 million Ukrainians through starvation which is known as the Holodomor. Further horrors of Stalin included aiding the Polish forces in purging ethnic-Germans that were forced to live there after the treaty of Versailles, having the secret police pick up random innocents so they could be executed on film (after they were forced to admit their fictional crimes, as to create a false image), and many many civilians targeted for deportation to gulags or execution because of their supposed 'threat' to the nation. Intellectuals, high ranking officers, people with important positions of power... because perhaps they would conspire to overthrow Stalin, yes?
Stalin had no regard for human decency and was a terrible man. Even Lenin sais this. In Lenin's last testament, he said that Stalin had to be removed from his position of power at all costs, for he had qualities that were 'unfit for a man in his positon'. Stalin and his followers made sure that Lenin's last testament would never be read aloud to the 13th Party Congress as was Lenin's will. Stalin was a smart man. He was able to govern. But, with such extreme inhumanity that everyone else who did not bow to his will completely (and even those completely innocent) paid the price.
These 3 caused deaths by implementing the ideology. Anti-nationalism, the enforcing of equality on all areas, and the abolishment property- people were a resource used and owned by the government. People weren’t people anymore.
I suggest that if you want to see the undeniable and peaceful success of communism, you should go live in North-Korea. I would definitely be willing to hear from you then, if they haven’t taken away international contact through internet to censor things...