Political radicalism: a threat or development?


Society is a form of organization of individuals united by common values ​​and institutions. Each member of society is a living person who has his own wishes and needs, his own social roles. For each person, the values ​​shared by the public majority are relevant to one degree or another, and this relevance depends on many different factors: external and internal, economic and ideological, personal success in life, the psychological state of the individual.


It is impossible to find two absolutely identical people, a person as a member of society - an individual set of values, needs and desires formed in the process of socialization. The society should immanently reveal common desires and ideals of people and create conditions for their realization.

So, the overwhelming majority of citizens without mental deviations realize the value of a person’s life, constructive forms of relationships between people, security, at least the minimum amount of material goods. That is why institutions such as the army, police, family institutions and marriage are the most stable in society.

But things are much more complicated with political preferences of people. The activity of the authorities and the political regime always suits the part of the society that is provided with material, social benefits and other privileges. Those members of society who are not satisfied with the existing regime for some reason often become adherents of radical views.


Political radicalism is a theoretical category denoting a cardinal reformist disposition of a certain part of society, resolute discontent with the existing orders and a desire to destroy them, not always supported by a clearly formulated viable (not utopian) concept of a new order.

There is no ideal society capable of satisfying the needs of every member, therefore political radicalism is not a rare inconvenience, but a permanent political reality.

Political radicalism becomes a significant factor only when reformist sentiments seize large social groups, when entire strata and strata of society appear to be dissatisfied with the existing order. The relevance of the existing regime for a particular society is thus determined by the scale of distribution of radical sentiments in it.


In recent years, radicalism in Russia has been aggravated by certain acts of activity of central government bodies. An example of significant for society and the state of popular discontent was the Russian march on November 4, 2012, when hundreds of Russian people took to the streets, and their protest against the well-known policies of the central government and the repeated acts of unlawful activity of citizens of some other nationalities could not be prevented even by law enforcement agencies

Political radicalism, of course, is a danger to the existing system, testifies to its obsolescence and inadequacy of the actual needs of society. But at the same time, political radicalism is a guideline for the development of society. If you listen to radically minded citizens, you can learn about the most important tasks that cannot be solved by existing methods, the solution of which involves appropriate reforms.

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