Economically speaking, socialism and democratic socialism differ only in that the former is a precursor to full-blown Marxist-Leninist communism, where so-called democratic socialists want to stave off the inevitable while still negating capitalism and the free market through somehow infusing elements of democracy into a socialist world, thereby merely exchanging one tyrant for mob rule communism.Neither works. Millennials in America especially need to understand why socialism as an economic theory is so dangerous. Our individual right to liberty and self-governance is essential to a free society. Socialism in any form turns that idea on its head and discourages entrepreneurship and alienates property ownership without individual consent.Madison understood that in order to best preserve and protect liberty, governments must exist and have sufficient power to accomplish that important function of protecting individual rights (negating a full democracy), but not have so much power vested in one person or branch of government that the government tramples individual rights (negating full socialism and communism). Thus, Madison’s famous line about ambition counteracting ambition, and also from Federalist 51, the idea that government is a complex balancing act: If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by me over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government [elements of democracy]; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.Socialism has never been shown to work in any society. Importantly, the Founders recognized among the varying types of political philosophies they could have implemented for American government, a constitutional republic was possibly the surest guarantee of preserving genuine liberty. But that does rest on our ability to continue electing government representatives that also understand this and will abide by their oaths of office.There is great reason to be encouraged that millennials especially are seeing the implicit problems in socialism and the Democratic Party as a whole and reject the fluffy and even absurd remarks from Ocasio-Cortez and the democratic socialist’s platform. Americans must still continue to protect and preserve our constitutional republic not only because our supreme law of the land requires it, but also because it has been proven to effectively provide the most freedom for everyone in every area from religious liberty to a free market.Republicans in Congress would do well to show us that they understand the mandate for legitimate government as a republic prior to the November midterm elections and continue to effectively and expressly reject democratic socialism as conflicting with our Constitution.