Popular socialism is a political ideology based on democracy and socialism combined into a liberal democratic socialist system. It can easily be compared to social democracy and democratic socialism.
Popular socialism was first developed by the Coburan politician Eduard Kahn, who was the first leader of the Socialist People's Party of Cobura. It was created as the official policy of the party in 3281, but they soon discovered it could function as an executed political system as well. It was originally based on increasing the influence of the trade unions and workers' councils, as well as expanding the public sector and welfare state, while simultaneously keeping the liberal democracy.
Usage of the termEdit
One may use the term when one talks about a non-elitist socialist system upholding a wide welfare state. It is a socialist yet mixed-economy system in which workers are directly represented in politics, and the ideology may be compared to a sort of left-wing populism. There are some main aspects of a society influenced by popular socialism:
- A strong welfare state
- A noticed presence of trade unions and councils
- A liberal democracy
- A system in which the state always offers a free option to private services
- A non-socialist, or basically non-ideological constitution
- A strong presence of human, civil and political rights