Stephen Hicks, "Democratic Socialism for Beginners"

Session 10

Stephen Hicks, "Democratic Socialism for Beginners"

Session 10

Episode #36 of Open College Podcast

In contemporary times, most socialists have shifted away from overtly dictatorial socialism. Among the younger, there is some level of awareness of its terrible history but they still think of it as an ideal to be striven for despite obvious concerns.​

What are the aims of democratic socialist, what do they wish to achieve and how will they achieve their goals? Should socialism be Monarchical, Aristocratic, or Democratic? Who should have power over you: one person? An elite group? The majority?

Transcription: Available to subscribers at my thinkspot page.


  • Conor Friedersdorf, “Democratic Socialism Threatens Minorities.” Nothing better protects victims of bigotry than a system where they can pursue their needs and wants outside the realm of popular control. The Atlantic, August 9, 2018.
  • Stephen Hicks, “Eight Socialists Define Socialism.” Open College, 2020.
  • Stephen Hicks, “Socialism: Impractical & Immoral.” Interviewed by Elizabeth Hayes for SFL, 2018.
  • Stephen Hicks, “Violent Politics—the Lesson of Marxist Philosophy.” Open College, 2018.
  • Stephen Hicks, “Your Sex Life under Socialism.” Open College, 2018.
  • Robert Nozick, “A Tale of the Slave,” Anarchy, State, and Utopia, 1974.
  • Ayn Rand, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, 1966.  
  • Woodrow Wilson, “Socialism and Democracy,” 1887.​

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