Continuing my thoughts in My socialism:
My socialism is Democratic socialism. Like most political terms, it encompasses competing ideas; I don't pick one because my stress stays on "democratic". I look at history and trust people to work things out as best they can.
Two quotes by democratic socialists:
Rosa Luxemburg:"Without general elections, without unrestricted freedom of press and assembly, without a free struggle of opinion, life dies out in every public institution, becomes a mere semblance of life, in which only the bureaucracy remains as the active element".
Eugene Debs: "I am not a Labor Leader; I do not want you to follow me or anyone else; if you are looking for a Moses to lead you out of this capitalist wilderness, you will stay right where you are. I would not lead you into the promised land if I could, because if I led you in, some one else would lead you out. You must use your heads as well as your hands, and get yourself out of your present condition."
The problem with calling yourself a democratic socialist in the US is the Democratic Socialists of America are unwilling to run candidates against centrist Democrats, which effectively makes "democratic socialist" a synonym for "neoliberal". But their FAQ is still useful: What is Democratic Socialism?