Democracy, Anarchy and the Husby Riots

6.April 14:00 Uhr Madia

Lecture with Markus Lundström, Stockholm University [in English language!]

One of the largest police interventions in Swedish history took place in May 2013. It can be seen as the peak of an escalating conflict between police and people in the marginalized city district Husby. Interviews with community residents show how the Husby riots manifested a deep conflict, embedded in democracy itself: a conflict between governors and governed. In the book Anarchist Critique of Radical Democracy: The Impossible Argument (2018), social scientist Markus Lundström relates that conflict to the historical tension between democracy and anarchy. In this lecture he will present his research on the Husby Riots and its relation to the role of democracy in the crooked history of anarchism.