Why this story matters:
It is hard to be positive about the recent study, conducted by the Institute for Public Affairs, which reveals that young Slovaks are, somehow obliviously, steering towards political extremism.
Roughly half of the young people aged 18-39 believe it is important to protect the white race, while almost 60% of them claim that we have to protect the Christian religion from Islam. Only a few thousands Muslims live in Slovakia but -- needless to say -- that’s not the only reason why this “threat” is absurd.
The study uncovered more that is of interest. On a positive note, the respondents value liberal democracy over authoritarian regimes: the majority of Slovaks -- 81% to be precise -- do not want an extremist for a neighbor. But, in a mind-boggling contradiction, almost the same amount of people (80%) would not be happy living next door to a Roma neighbor. Does that make any sense to you?
It would be interesting to pose the same questions to older Slovaks and thus establish whether it is only the youth that is leaning towards extremism. Many claim that this sad phenomenon is a consequence of an indolent school system. This study confirms that something is definitely wrong and we should not ignore it any further.
Details from the story:
- The study examines the attitudes of young people towards extremism as well as the prevalence of extremist views among supporters of particular political parties.
- "Less educated people are also less sensible towards the problem of extremism," claims the author of the study, Marián Velšic.
- The supporters of the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) are the least tolerant voters.