The enemies of democracy are not just the Takfiri. Democratic societies have enemies in the Ministries, also of the Interior, and in major corporations. Terrorists engage in judo, using the coercive apparatus of the State under attack to do their work for them by over-reacting. Risk assessment is not just about the risk from suicide bombers and paramilitary attacks. We need to assess the risk from within as much as the risk from outside. The media is as much part of the problem as it is the solution. Liberal democracy is not just about regular contested elections. It is about the Rule of Law, institutions for conflict resolution, ideas of legitimacy and public consent as well as the freedoms of expression, association (Roosevelt: worship, speech, freedom from want and freedom from fear) and then of course, human rights. A new dimension is now appearing: the use and abuse of the internet: States and terrorists creating fake identities to amplify a point of view. How do democratic States get the balance right on this? Where should balances be struck, and can those balances be changed in times of emergency?
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