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date: 27 May 2024

democratic socialism. 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to Canadian History
Author(s):
Allen MillsAllen Mills

An idea that emerged in the late 19th century, democratic socialism emphasized that legitimate socialism must be attained through gradual, peaceful, and consensual methods. Canada's several socialisms all spoke of democracy, but this did not make them all democratic socialism. This type of socialism emphasizes parliamentary methods, and was mainly defined in contradistinction to Marxist ideas of change. Marxism, preaching the revolutionary transformation of capitalism, had a small but important following before the First World War. Early Marxists, such as those in the Socialist Party of Canada, did run for legislative office, but only to raise the political consciousness of the workers. The Bolshevik Revolution in ... ...

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