Posts Tagged ‘democracy’

Authority versus Multiculturalism

October 4, 2011

I watched a seminar on politics and religion on Swedish State Television today. Among other things, it was explained how the Bible was used to justify the transition from monarchy to republic in Europe in the 17th century. Then the question was raised “Where do we get our authority from in a multicultural society”. Everybody has their own ideals but where is the common ground? We can’t get it from God anymore since we don’t agree in theological matters. The values of a single culture aren’t a stable enough basis either with many cultures involved. So, how do we answer the question?

A lot of people feel democracy is threatened by multiculturalism. I’d say there are two problems with that sentence. Firstly, multiculturalism. Multiculturalism is a culture in itself. It’s very new to many people and therefore scary, but it’s basically not a new thing at all. People of different opinions have lived harmoniously in many different societies throughout history, we do it everyday in our families at home and in democracies with more than one party or even coalition governments it is already happening. It’s just a matter accepting multiculturalism, which requires accepting other people’s rights to have their own culture and making that acceptance part of the culture or (metaculture) of multiculturalism, making it one of basic principles of that new culture. This new culture is inevitable, the alternative is war and hopefully we’re approaching a point where we stop physically threatening and killing them for not agreeing with us, a point where we talk to each other instead of hitting each other.

Secondly, democracy. We have representative democracy. This is not the ideal form of government. Nobody should feel worried about this system being threatened. All change is scary, but we can’t not look at better alternatives and when the current system is challenged by new cultural movements we should welcome the criticism that helps us think outside the box and try to create a new system. I’m an anarchist, so the fear of not knowing whence to derive authority doesn’t apply to me. There are too many good examples from decentralizing power and the history of individualism to fundamentally fear the slow crumbling of current power structures.

Election Sweden 2010

September 14, 2010

So, I was asking for a party that wants to remove the monarchy, because they get houses and money by right of blood, which doesn’t sound very democratic. And I asked for mass immigration, Sweden can hold the same amount of people as Germany, which means a population increase of almost 1000 percent. And I asked for the abolition of the state threat of police and military violence used to uphold the law. But there is no such party.

On the telly there are men and women, in seeming denial of being 1 DNA-holding cell growing into 10 billion cells, talking about the best way to give people jobs (more…)

No News Today

May 16, 2009

Nobody has really been talking about the election to the European Parliament today. Despite the power, the lobbyism, the money et cetera, the mob doesn’t seem to really care. We think: “we’ll I’m sure they’ll do their best, we’re a small nation, can’t expect to get to decide everything”. We’re trustworthy and hope that our candidates do good so that we don’t have to worry about it. That’s what representative democracy is, I’d say.

Swedish Politician Debates Unheard in the Park

May 14, 2009

Today, I was walking by a demonstration, (the trams were delayed!), because the “Swedish Democratic Party”s leader held a speech and the “extreme left” was shouting at the “extreme right” to stop being nationalists. In turn, the SD leader said not allowing him to speak was undemocratic. I’d say he was both right and wrong in the sense of democracy meaning freedom of speech, because the protests have the right to express their feelings and the politician has the right to be heard. More civilized than hooligans though.

This is 3 months ago, just to give you an example of the left-right disagreements over here: