Socialism is hardly a new idea; its principles interested Plato and Aristotle.
Socialism, regardless of anything proponents proclaim, cannot exist with democracy. The dictionary definition of socialism: “Political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.” Masses of humans will not willingly live for long deprived of ownership or control of nearly everything important to their own lives. Such conditions require compulsion.
The democratic socialists claim that voting is an adequate substitute for or even an improvement upon private ownership; in that case, we should expect the U.S. Postal Service to equal or surpass private UPS. Most know that the reverse is the case; and that “waste, fraud and abuse” are bywords for government programs. (Examples: Small Business Administration and healthcare) Such results are implicit in any situation where politics supersedes economics.
Human nature contradicts socialist principles, the “Tragedy of the Commons” being a famous economic example wherein public lands are abuse for the private benefit of herdsmen. People do not voluntarily put their own welfare at risk for the benefit of others. The need for self-preservation forbids it.
A democratic socialist politician asks voters to believe that she will care for and use your productive property better than you can yourself since your property will have to produce more to fulfill her promises than it did when it needed only to fulfill yours. The terms: “Democratic Socialism” are mutually contradictory. (Sorry, Bernie – but we have to live in this universe.)