Initiative for Democratic Socialism

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Initiative for Democratic Socialism
Iniciativa za demokratični socializem
LeaderCollective leadership
Founded8 March 2014
DissolvedJune 2017
Merged intoThe Left
Political positionLeft-wing to far-left
National affiliationUnited Left
European affiliationParty of the European Left

Initiative for Democratic Socialism (IDS) was a Slovenian Marxist party, founded in 2014.[1] Its collective leadership structure without an individual leader, inspired by Occupy Wall Street,[2] was conceived by members of The Workers and Punks University in November 2013, and only allows for a coordinator of the IDS council, a position held by Luka Mesec, elected by the IDS council.[3]


Its program, based on The Workers and Punks University economic analysis, includes regulation of neoliberalism in the short run, and in the long run replacement of capitalism with democratic socialism.

International partners[edit]

The initiative is linked to the European Left together with other European new anti-capitalist parties, including German Die Linke, French Front de Gauche, and Portuguese Left Bloc.[2]

2014 Elections[edit]

The United Left, a project that IDS joined, received 5.47 percent of the vote in the 2014 European Parliament election in Slovenia and 6.0 percent of the vote in the 2014 Slovenian parliamentary election.