Introduction: I was asked by an acquaintance to show why I've been saying that Democratic Socialists are hard core marxists closely associated with the German marxists who operate the Rosa Luxemburg organization, which in turn is a subsidiary of the German communist party now known as "Die Linke". This is a key topic because Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been elected to the US Congress, which means she's associated via DSA with the Die Linke organization. One interesting fact is that Rosa Luxemburg, a Die Linke shop, is heavily financed by the German government, led by Angela Merkel, who was born in communist East Germany, just like many of Die Linke's top leadership.
Item I . Rosa Luxemburg and Die Linke German communists) meet and train Democratic Socialists of America and other US communists
Item III . Radical left parties in Europe (see Page 93)
Item IV . Meagan Day explains Democratic Socialism in Vox
"I’m a staff writer at the socialist magazine Jacobin and a member of DSA, and here’s the truth: In the long run, democratic socialists want to end capitalism. And we want to do that by pursuing a reform agenda today in an effort to revive a politics focused on class hierarchy and inequality in the United States. The eventual goal is to transform the world to promote everyone’s needs rather than to produce massive profits for a small handful of citizens"
Item V . Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio foresees the end of capitalism (from an interview)
"We believe that the fundamental transformations we are seeking are in the broad interests of all working-class and oppressed people, and our work is focused on organizing among this base.
At the core of our base is New York City’s working class. The working class of NYC is mostly people of color and mostly rooted in the service and public sector. It includes a wide swath of people: teachers, nurses, construction workers, bus drivers, retail workers, food service workers, and more. It also includes these workers’ families, the unemployed, the underemployed, and many workers in the informal sector. Broadly, all of these people struggle under the weight of high rent, low wages, speedups, expensive health insurance, and debt.
Despite these similarities, there are important divisions within our base. People of color continue to face the brunt of police violence, mass incarceration, systemic economic marginalization, surveillance, and discrimination. Women continue to bear the burden of the gendered division of labor. Undocumented immigrants live in fear that Immigration and Customs Enforcement will tear them from their communities and their families. And women, queer, and disabled people are routinely harassed and discriminated against. Our base is also divided by geographic segregation along racial and ethnic lines. Fighting back against the heavy burden of oppression is a crucial part of our work, and a prerequisite for building unity.
While the working class as a whole is the main base for socialism, not all workers have the same amount of social power. Here in New York City, workers in the education, health services, construction, telecommunications, transportation, and logistics industries have the potential power to bring the economy to a halt. Because of this, a special focus on organizing among these workers is an essential goal of the socialist movement.
We also should be aware of the increasing class consciousness of workers who are not always identified as such. Often times we refer to this group as “downwardly mobile Millennials”. They include non-profit workers, academics, and some professional class and white-collar workers who struggle economically. Years ago, these workers were often highly privileged. But today, austerity in the public sector, the attack on their working conditions, increasing tuition rates and student debt, and the rising cost of rent has aligned these workers’ interests with the broader interests of working-class and oppressed people. This group has been an important social base for Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, and the Bernie Sanders campaign — and recently has been drawn to DSA in large numbers as well.
Against working-class and oppressed people stands a rival base: the ruling class. Capitalists, bankers, managers, and landlords want to keep wages low, raise rent, push everyone else further into debt, cut taxes, and shred the social safety net. It’s in their interest to maintain a system of police repression to control social unrest and racially divide the working class. It is in their interest to maintain a gendered division of labor to keep the cost of caring for workers low. Allied to this bloc are some of the most well-off professionals and small businesspeople. There are differences within this group — some voted for Donald Trump, some voted for Hillary Clinton — but when it comes to city politics their interests are united. They are a minority of the city and overwhelmingly white. But through their economic power, campaign contributions, and control over the vast majority of the media they almost always get their way in the State Legislature and City Hall."