Our Philosophy

Fighting for democracy and an end to oppression—all oppression.

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Our Mission

Democratic socialists believe that both the economy and society should be run democratically—to meet public needs, not to make profits for a few. To achieve a more just society, many structures of our government and economy must be radically transformed through greater economic and social democracy so that ordinary Americans can participate in the many decisions that affect our lives.


DSA is the major organization on the American left with an all-embracing moral vision, systematic social analysis, and political praxis rooted in the quest for radical democracy, social freedom, and individual liberties.
— Cornel West

The largest socialist organization in the United States, DSA is an activist organization, not a political party. Through the work of our members in local chapters and on a national level, DSA is at the center of the struggle for progress, justice, and democracy. We fight for an economy based on social needs and democratic values, not unchecked greed and unaccountable power; against oppression based on class, race, gender, sexuality, nationality, and other forms of injustice; for a clean environment and a livable world; against militarism at home and abroad. We pursue meaningful advances on all of these issues while building a long-term movement for social and economic change.