The Global Re-Emergence of Radical Political Ideologies | Francisco J. Alvarado

One would think that world history has taught society more than enough about adopting extremist ways of thinking, not just how clearly unrealistic, illogical, and inefficient such ideologies are, but mostly how devastating they can actually be. On the other hand, the present demonstrates that history has been put aside in politics, and instead people are being driven by impulse and misinformation; ditching every bit of rational thought they probably still have, and letting themselves be guided only by temporary emotions, which eventually leads them into the dark abyss where radical ideologies are found.

Nevertheless, there is an unacknowledged fear to denounce, even to name, ideologies that are growing stronger by the day, such as anarchism or socialism, due to the dominant political correctness of modern society which prevents anyone from opposing them in order to avoid being “offensive” towards alternative opinions and beliefs. It is essential to recognise that they are, in fact, a problem for the prosperity of a nation, and also how urgent it is to vehemently fight them.

The normalisation and acceptance of these ideas are now being promoted by younger generations that embrace far sides of the political spectrum, while violently challenging anyone who opposes their views, viciously attempting to silence them in every way. A significant percentage of support for radical movements clearly comes from this demography, people who naively look up to political figures claiming to know the path to a fantasyland where their ideas and proposals are actually achievable, being avid listeners only to that which they like to hear, but remaining deaf to what they need to learn. Most importantly, it is undeniable that the role of social media has been essential in amplifying support for such politicians and the movements they represent. Misinformation and heavily biased news spread by the media, or external actors with an influential platform, have the most power on shaping the political views of the people, who are exposed on a daily basis to their content. It is precisely this consistency that eventually teaches them what is supposedly “good” and “bad”. Most of them lack objective knowledge regarding global affairs, are detached from reality, and have a deeply emotional nature. This makes them susceptible to believe, or support even further, any narrative that already fits their political inclinations, pushing them more towards the ends of the spectrum.

Interestingly, an ideological shift is taking place within political parties, particularly in the U.S and in Europe, where candidates are adopting more radical stances, pursuing policies that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago, but are being accepted with enthusiasm now, negatively changing the perceptions of what it means to be on the left-right. One of the major consequences of this is that they have legitimised these ways of thinking while efficiently appealing to the general sentiment of the masses to gain support, and eventually, power. Now, more than ever, it has become imperative to recognise, through their behaviour and words, those who come disguised as innocent sheep, while in reality, they are hungry wolves. 

Furthermore, any ideology that deliberately opens a path to violence, conflict, disruption, or total disregard for the rule of law should be countered by the people, without hesitation, through all the possible means instead of being held in high regard, embraced, and protected by political correctness. The violent actions incited by numerous radical organisations, that utilise the current socio-economic and political conditions to justify and advance their aims, demonstrate how easy it has become for them to destabilise society and threaten the existence of the very system that was created to bind everything together. Moreover, the frequency of these actions is clear proof that extremism is on the rise, and that the indoctrination of the ideals they represent is being successfully achieved inconspicuously through specific channels, like the media, but also in an academic setting, where the impact is deeper and long-lasting.  

As the world enters the third decade of the 21st century, it is evident how necessary it is to avoid repeating the mistakes that were made in the early decades of the previous one, because history has shown exactly where they will lead if they are made. Seeing all the disastrous events that are developing in the present, all the discontent, all the conflicts, and the general instability, people need to start rethinking their political views. They need to think in an objective and rational way, suppress emotional impulsion, learn to discern between what is effective and what is not, which path leads to inevitable chaos and which path leads to a realistic prosperous destiny.

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