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The Ethics of Extremism

Extremism has always pushed beyond the norm.
 
Whether political, racial or religious, it’s been testing the limits of democracy throughout history.
 
From ISIS and Nazis to militant environmentalists and anti-vaxers, extreme movements threaten orthodoxy. They can be violent, state sanctioned, popular or fringe.
 
Are extreme movements a positive sign of a flourishing democracy? Are they counterproductive to democratic values of voices for all? What does extremism do to the balance between safety and freedom of expression? What are the consequences of tolerating absolute world views that won’t tolerate other belief systems? What do we do when extreme means are used to force others to adopt certain ways of life?
 
Dr Simon Longstaff moderated a fascinating conversation with London bombings survivor Gill Hicks, Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson and AFP's Peter Whowell.