Does a faltering economy promote radicalism?

We know from previous articles here on Urban Dynamics that crime is usually concentrated in areas of urban blight and decay. However, what happens if the system completely collapses? And why? In this guest blog, Shrey Srivastava explores the economic aftermath. – The Systems Scientist

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Since the infamous 9/11 terror attacks that shook America, and indeed, much of the developed world, many academics have all been looking for exactly what is the root cause of the radicalism that pervades and is so cancerous to modern society. However, the main core of the problem may not be political, or even psychological: it might be economic.

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    • I don’t believe this is the case with respect to radicalism and Europe, No doubt there are those who wish to perpetuate a certain form of religious belief on the masses. But I think this has more to do with import and as you correctly point out “the lack of integration,” specifically economic integration. The economis and psychology, i.e., behavioral economics, illustrates something really interesting when it comes to an increase in jobs and thus a paycheck. Those who obtain jobs are less likely to commit crimes.

      So I agree with you on your second point; that is, a “lack of integration” isn’t helping the situation. But in regards to the first point, I believe this wave of radicalism is imported, although I would agree that it is continuing to be fueled partially because of a lack of access to economic opportunity.


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