The 2016 presidential elections have been enlightening and revealing to many. Bernie Sanders has openly expressed that he considers himself a Democratic Socialist. Many people mistake socialism for authoritarian communism. The two terms are not the same thing. People think under socialism no one will want to work because everyone will be handed “free things” such as healthcare, education, and a life worth living. Maybe it is just the author of this article but healthcare and higher education should be a right to everyone and not just the people who were lucky enough to be born into a family with thousands, millions or even billions of dollars. Democratic socialists is the believe that everyone should be allowed basic human rights. We believe the economy should not be manipulated by corporations but run by the people whose lives are actually affected by changes and shifts in the economy. Some might argue that under democratic socialism there is no incentive to work, yet none of them will ask what a worker’s incentive to work is right at this moment.The fear that their family will go hungry or that their children will live a life of pain and despair is an average americans incentive for work. Democratic socialism promotes the idea that a worker should be motivated by personal economic growth and moral incentives. Socialism will not allow the government to take complete control of everything you own like many conservative leaders like to proclaim. Raw socialism wants to socialize the distribution of resources and equipment that create wealth. It is unfair that a corporation can own a huge percentage of the means of production so that their average employee is forced to work for them to merely survive. Under democratic socialism the people will have full control and say in where and when the resources should be redistributed so that the public can actually thrive and not just survive. People confuse public property and private property. Socialists do not want to take away your house, car, smartphone, or cow. We want the wealth to be spread out evenly and to not be held captive by the top 1% of billionaires.