From autocracy to to democracy. What Lucern‘s can tell us

Great to have Claude Longchamp as the lead guide for the 2022 Global Forum pre-event on Wednesday, September 21. He is inviting to a city walk in Lucerne with the following words:
“What Lucerne’s democratization can teach us.
At this year’s Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy in Lucerne, I will be walking through the city of Lucerne on September 21 for interested participants to introduce the place, its history and the present.
The main topic will be the role that the city and canton of Lucerne have played in the development, promotion and obstruction of the democratic form of government.
The city walk is sponsored by #Swissinfo.
A somewhat virtual tour will take place here on Facebook in advance. In a loose sequence, I will report on the following stationsand topics until the congress:
1st stop: Pfyfferhaus or the Swiss King and the most exclusive patrician of the Confederation.
2nd station: Chapel Bridge or the Catholic propaganda for the foreign services
3rd station: Ritterscher-Palast or early modern scandals about mayors, builders and two deaths
4th station: Mühleplatz or the improvised capital of the modern Helvetic Republic
5th station: Rathaus or civil war, constitutional struggles and the birth of democracy and popular rights
6th station: Schwanenplatz or pepper women and hostesses in front of and in noble hotels for the new tourist trade
7th station: Bahnhofplatz or Zeitgeist, railroad stations, Gotthard tunnels and the reconciliation of Catholic conservatives with the liberal federal state
8th station: KKL or the Lucerne democracy in the postmodern society
Start here tomorrow!


ich bin der berner stadtwanderer. ich lebe in hinterkappelen und arbeite in bern. ich bin der felsenfesten überzeugung, dass bern burgundische wurzeln hat, genauso wie ich. also bin ich immer wieder auf der suche nach verästelungen, in denen sich die vergangene kultur in meiner umgebung versteckt hält.

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