"Aftonbladet's leader board is the independent social democrat."
"They say that the Swedish arbetarerörelse began with August Palms talk ”What will the social democrats?” 1881 in Malmö. Palm was the kantstötte agitator, unkempt and wild as enraged and aroused emotions. He left klassmedvetenhet and trade union organisation - as well as some confusion.nEn another, and perhaps more important, rottråd to the present moment is in a speech by Hjalmar Branting held in Gävle, sweden in 1886. He was only twenty-five years and it would be a decade before he was elected to parliament as the Socialists ' first member."
"of”Universal suffrage is thus the price, for which the bourgeoisie can be the settlement by the administration, instead of bankruptcy, anhängiggjord at the revolution court.” said Branting."
"It was a tremendous challenge to the men who sat on the political, military and economic power. At the same time, it was a historical crossroads. Swedish arbetarerörelse was socialist, but the road to a more just society would go through the ballot, not by force. In 1917 destroyed the social democratic party on precisely this issue. Radical forces, mainly in the youth league in Norrbotten had tired of the right wing refused to introduce democracy and wanted to go to the document. Out in Europe there were wars, world revolution, and the time seemed ripe."
"Hjalmar Branting refused, he turned instead to the liberals in the parliament and other social movements, who also worked for universal suffrage. The right wing was the last opponent and tried in every way to delay the development."
"But just 100 years ago, on 17 december 1918, the parliament, the decision that initiated the transition to universal and equal suffrage. It would take almost three years, to september 12, 1921 before women first got to vote to the riksdag. A choice that Hjalmar Branting, incidentally, won."
"Good history lesson"
"today, The parliament, with the president, Andreas Norlén at the tip, to mark the decision with the seminars and discussions. The emphasis of the celebrations, first, 2021, at the centenary of the first democratic elections, but the idea is that both the parliament and the government to lift democracy up until then."
"It is an irony of fate that the celebration is happening at a time when liberal democracy is under pressure, and a party with roots in nazism, the bolts on the power ports. Democracy does not happen in a vacuum, it requires a free media, independent courts, respect for human rights and strong social movements to work. Democracy is not only majority rule, not just "
"This is understood the early 1900s Swedish politicians, they met in the middle if the rules of the game and put the responsibility for the country mainly. Undeniably a history lesson of their successors appear to need."