Principles and Policies
As a Democratic Socialist party the NDP is a member of and adheres to the principles of the Socialist International. However, unlike socialism in the Marxist sense, which aims to replace the capitalist system entirely, social democracy aims to reform capitalism in order to remove its perceived injustices. It is an ideal form of democracy that extends to the economic realm and aims to solve the problems found in unregulated capitalism.
The Socialist International emphasizes the principles of liberty, equality, social justice and solidarity. First, freedom—not only individual liberties, but also freedom from discrimination and freedom from dependence on either the owners of the means of production or the holders of abusive political power. Second, equality and social justice—not only before the law but also economic and socio-cultural equality as well, and equal opportunities for all including those with physical, mental, or social disabilities. Finally, solidarity—unity and a sense of compassion for the victims of injustice and inequality.
For a full listing of democratic socialist principles please see The SI’s Declaration of Principles
The Swedish Social Democratic Party is one of the most succesfull social democratic parties in the world. It has been in power in Sweden for over 40 years, consistently leading Sweden to the top of the UN’s annual ranking of best countries in the world to live in. The Swedish Social Democratic Party has put together a very informative pamphlet entitled “What is Social Democracy?”which explains the aims and principles of democratic socialism and contrasts it with communism and capitalism.