Consensus as the state religion

However, the government parties have, of course, the opportunity to initiate steps to strengthen or weaken opinion in a society, to the extent that the policy makers see viewpoint consensus as a problem; which of course they should do if they attach any importance to a number of things essential to a democratic society: free, non-politically-driven research, conceptual pluralism, aesthetic diversity in areas such as architecture, literature and visual arts; ideological and opinion-related tolerance.

Sweden has traditionally been a society where opinion convergence is great. The country's stance during the 1900s has been underpinned by notions that it is stupid to pick a fight, that it is always more sophisticated to keep a distance from conflict and not choose sides except on idealistic grounds, when fighting for certain principles. In some sense, history has proved us right.

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