Political Sciences

Paper topic: Exploring a more in-depth look at Bernie Sanders and his views and ideals of
democratic socialism. (I might also do a comparison between a modern conservative and
compare and contrast the two.)

Intro: Introduction to the paper/ what I will be discussing
 Definition of democratic socialism
 Who is Bernie Sanders and what has his role been in public service

Body: Main source of information and to back up my intro paragraph
 Use the triadic model of freedom for democratic socialists
 Bernie Sanders role in democratic socialism
 Additional supporters of democratic socialism
 Opposers to democratic socialism and their reasons why
 Comparison of socialism to modern conservatism
 Who does democratic socialism benefit and in what ways does socialism benefit the
whole United States/ negative effects of socialism
 How close is the United states to achieving democratic socialism
Conclusion: Restate intro paragraph and thesis statement
 How has Bernie Sanders shaped democratic socialism in the United States
 What is the outlook of democratic socialism in the United States
 Decide if we should keep trekking down the path of democratic socialism or find a better

Annotated Bibliography

Chotiner, Isaac. “How Socialist Is Bernie Sanders?” The New Yorker, 2 Mar. 2020,
www.newyorker.com/news/q-and-a/how-socialist-is-bernie-sanders.  This article is a useful
source because it breaks down how socialist Bernie Sanders is in reality. It looks at his views and
ideals and sees if it fits in the category of democratic socialist. It also breaks down to see how
radical his ideas actually are, or if they are not radical at all but sensible. This will be great for
my body paragraphs and helping me formulate ideas on how Bernie Sanders thinks.

Gautney, Heather. “Defining Bernie's Democratic Socialism.” Jacobin, 2018,
www.jacobinmag.com/2020/03/bernie-sanders-democratic-socialism-heather-gautney.        This
article is a good source for this paper because it discusses Bernie Sanders ideals and what that
means for America. It focuses on his ideals and what Democratic Socialism really means. It goes
into detail on the changes he wants to make in the United States.

Kruse, Michael. “14 Things Bernie Sanders Has Said about Socialism.” POLITICO, 17 July 2015,
This is a useful source because it goes over fourteen quotes Bernie Sanders has said on
Socialism. This is useful because it allows you to see the views and ideals of socialism through
Bernie Sanders eyes. This will be useful in understanding the ways in which Bernie Sanders
thinks the government should be operated.

A 2019 speech by Sanders on democratic socialism (more recent than the speech in the
textbook): https://www.vox.com/2019/6/12/18663217/bernie-sanders-democratic-socialism-
A friendly commentary on Sanders’ speech – https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/06/bernie-
A basic explanation of democratic socialism by a writer for Jacobin – https://www.vox.com/first-
Statement on what is democratic socialism from the Democratic Socialists of
America: https://www.dsausa.org/about-us/what-is-democratic-socialism/


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