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The social democrats – the party that does not want to talk politics
"The social democrats – the party that does not want to talk politics"

"Kjell Östberg, if a party in the crisis that gathered for the congress"

"This is a kulturartikel which is a part of Aftonbladet's opinionsjournalistik."

"It ahead to the party congress of the social democrats, and I'm sitting and reading one of the program texts, The political discourse develops the social-democracy! The basis for a political party like ours, it is a political call, is it. ”It is in the conversation between people that the ideas are broken against each other, the new in-depth verklighetsförståelse occurs and common ground to work together is built. It is where we affect, and are affected by, get inspiration forward and handle our hard questions in common.” "

"Just when I come up to the section that this also requires a close relationship to the academy and your phone rings. It is Nacka arbetarkommun. Some time ago we agreed that I would come and tell you about my demokratiforskning at a meeting on the grounds that the right to vote to fill a hundred years. "

"Now the board wanted to know which political party I belonged to. But actually not, it had already googled me and thought that I had political opinions that were a bit to the left of the party. If my scientific expertise asked for nothing. Now they want to cancel."

"So much for letting ideas be broken against each other. What is the conversation the party wishes to bring, really?"

"the social democrats agree congress at the weekend. There is a party in crisis. It did its worst election since the democratic breakthrough and the rates have now dropped even further. "

"Only two of the five LO-members are voting today on the labour party, only 18 percent of voters under 30. To keep in power has the party leadership sold out a number of matters of the heart, released all the stops for profits in the welfare system, lowered taxes for the richest and opened the way for a weakening of labour law. "

"such A party should have plenty to talk about, how many problems to solve, how much the policy at any time to develop."

"But the powers have chosen to call to his stones broken congress, completely stripped down, controversial issues and, for the first time at an ordinary congress, without the opportunity for party members to write their own motions. Two thin outline, Knowledge for the future and The political discourse, that's all."


"In the ”Knowledge for the future” presented a program to facilitate the use of labour to enhance the competitiveness of business. The question for a long time been at the centre of kunskapsdebatten not least within the social democrat party – how segregation and increased out educational disparities should be fought by taking action against privatisation and riskkapitalisters forays – be reduced to a single sentence: vinstjakten should be fought."

"The first thing that strikes the reader of the program if the political discourse is how emptied of political content, it is."

"It is a requirement that has been abandoned already before it is adopted. For in the same moment as the scandalous the English school, again gave the vinstjakten a face, and reported a profit of 40 million last quarter, voted the social democrats in the finance committee without the prut and pardon down every attempt to restrict profits in the welfare system."

"The first thing that strikes the reader of the program if the political discourse is how emptied of political content, it is. The mix try to connect to a remote folkrörelsetradition with organisational trivialities and the occasional managementfloskel if a ”implemented ledarsyn”, certainly taken from the new age-inspired Gaia leadership, party secretary Rådström Baastads old home."

"the Party should ”stand in the dialogue with their environment”, ”customize the message to the new conditions”, engage in advocacy, recruitment of members, adopt business plans and learn how to handle digital media (not just googling putative opponents, a hope). But where is the politics?"

"It also wonder kongressombuden from Gothenburg, sweden. To say that the political discourse is the social democrats ' mission is a far too passive attitude, they say in the party's magazine Everything in politics. The idea must be to change society. Conversations need to fill a larger purpose than only as an end in itself. They need to be linked to the forums in which the members of the to a greater extent than in the day can influence the party's policy. To converse with constituents will be in the long run rather uninteresting if our members do not have the opportunity to pass on the suggestions that come up, called it sharp."


"It may be difficult to understand why the party leadership chose to use half the congress to this type of logic. Ought to be such as is already taught in any introductory course for new members. The content is not different from any other advocacy organization."

"Dörrknackningskampanjer and increased activity on social media are now commonplace for political parties across the entire political spectrum. For the left has Sanders and Corbyns gräsrotskampanjer been particularly inspiring."

"In a newly-published book, Crashing the party, sociologist and Sandersaktivisten Heather Gautney is an interesting and instructive insidesskildring of Sanders last presidential campaign. There is important reasoning about his return and about the class as a mobilising factor in today's american politics. The campaign managed to really reach out with calls, with many millions of voters."

"what if the Swedish social democracy rather than duck the difficult issues, would choose the way, to unleash the commitment is still there in the party."

"But it attracted was not the shape but the concrete political demands on which the campaign was built around."

"In the same way rested Corbyns successful election campaign on a clear 128-page program that ranged from free school lunches to more power to the unions. "

"the Whole idea behind the Labour party's Momentum was to create a platform which could mobilise a broad left behind a radical programme and at the same time build local grassroots movements. "

"what if the Swedish social democracy rather than duck the difficult issues, would choose the way, to unleash the commitment is still there in the party. To build a vänsterströmning against the dilated samhällsklyftor, against the drain of resources from the common welfare, a krackelerande pension schemes, racism, högerpopulismens emergence."

"First and last, should not Swedish (yet) the largest political party in the day to use all their resources to in-depth talk about how we are to tackle the looming climate cataclysm?"

"Unfortunately, we all know why the party leadership at all costs want to avoid to talk about – not to mention mobilise around politically combustible substances. Löfvens parent strategy, to build alliances with bourgeois parties, requires that the party leadership has a free hand to compromise away large and small. No one can take a call with him and point out what all the international experience shows: It is in the middle of the abyss."

"To this year's congress, we got some exercise, write a dejected voice, in All of the policies, shall next be held without a representative?"

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