Democratic socialism

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Democratic Socialism is a political ideology that combines democracy, civil liberties, and socialism. It is an ideology that is in opposition to most mainstream American political discourse, which considers socialism synonymous with dictatorship and capitalism synonymous with democracy. However, this is not how democratic socialists view the world. Democratic socialists are not as ideologically rigid as Marxists and other Communists and will usually allow private enterprise to exist but will strictly regulate it. Some Democratic Socialist countries in the First World include the Scandinavian countries and France. Emerging socialist democracies in the Third World include Venezuela and Bolivia (although the former and sometimes the latter are considered dictatorships by many in the American mainstream, it is not known whether this is because of human rights abuses or just an ideological disagreement).

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Democracy and socialism