On the global crisis’ dangerous consequences

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“ Jihadism and ethno-nationalism are expressions of crisis on a global scale, in an era in which many young people’s lives are marked by a sense of uncertainty – the increasing lack of social and financial security that is characteristic of neoliberalism and globalization. Political and economic insecurity inevitably translates into insecurity in people’s everyday lives, from lack of access to welfare to the increasing lack of security in the workplace. The tendency to create inward-facing, exclusive, and even aggressive identity groups stems from this sense of insecurity and self-righteousness in a world where people feel that there is no place for them, and that their futures are uncertain (…) The peaceful world order risks falling apart because of our fears – and our desire, built on delusion, to restoring a simpler time. But this simplicity is a rejection of pluralism, and away from democracy towards authoritarianism. This is the world of our contemporary caliphs: Putin, Erdoğan, Modi and Trump, and the many other leaders of populist parties waiting in the wings. This does little to confront the real economic, social and environmental issues which are the greatest threat to human flourishing – and often deliberately exacerbates those threats so as to create more fear, and so more acolytes ”

Deeyah Khan, ‘How do we combat radicalization? Offer young men hope and security’, The Guardian

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