Why is radicalisation a problem in society?
Radicalisation is a problem in society when it leads to violence, terrorism, and other forms of harm to individuals and society as a whole in both online and offline environments. Online radicalisation can lead to individuals taking action offline, such as the recent attack on the Kurdish center in Paris. Furthermore, it can contribute to social division and conflict, as individuals who have become radicalised can view those who do not share their beliefs as their enemies. The polarisation of society plays a large role in the growth of distrust of existing institutions, as radicalised individuals may come to see the authorities as the ‘other’ against which they have to fight.
Radicalisation can therefore lead to the erosion of democratic values and the rule of law, as those who have become radicalised may be willing to use violence and other extreme means to achieve their goals, which can undermine the rule of law and the peaceful resolution of conflicts. They may also seek to overthrow democratically-elected governments or undermine democratic institutions, such as the media and the judicial system. Furthermore, radicalisation can lead to the erosion of democratic values, such as tolerance, pluralism, and respect for human rights, as people may be willing to advocate for or engage in actions that violate these values.