The phrase democratic socialism gets a favorable mention from time to time here at Tidewater Forum. I thought it might be worthwhile to define the concept.
Wikipedia does a fair job of definition. It also reveals some features of the concept that many proponents of democratic socialism probably would disavow. For example:
“Democratic socialists argue that capitalism is inherently incompatible with the values of freedom, equality, and solidarity and that these ideals can only be achieved through the realization of a socialist society.”
My own view is that democracy and socialism are inherently incompatible, whereas democracy and capitalism are inherently capable of coexistence. That is, democracy and capitalism may not be made for one another, but they can function together, whereas democracy and socialism cannot.