Multiculturalism and Democracy: Is it Good or Bad?
In recent years, the subject of multiculturalism has been one of the most frequently used terms in the political context. Whether it is a good or bad development for the democracies of the states is often treated critically. With the negative phenomenon of terrorism, global society is in an intense period of upheaval. Europe and North America have been characterized for centuries by a multicultural society.
Multiculturalism and democracy as a whole, a pair that should work in theory. If one considers the democratic value-setting, a multicultural democracy should be striven for. This raises the question, however, why the issue has become increasingly critical in recent years, and political groups with views on anti-multiculturalism have increasingly been able to assert themselves in the political arena.
Problem of multiculturalism in a democracy
A multicultural society and its democratic implementation often has to fight in terms of communication. Thus, it is not always easy to integrate foreign nationalities into a country where the language is not the same. The absolute lack of language skills is a factor that should not be underestimated.
Furthermore, multicultural democracies are constantly encountering problems with understanding of values, religion, and thought, and trade patterns of the different ethnic groups. Every nation has, despite the globalized world, its own personality and character, which is not always coincident with other states and can go hand in hand.
Multiculturalism is also often criticized from a financial perspective. A multicultural state, whether it pleases or not, must take a much deeper into the bag in order to be successful in integration goals.
Why does multiculturalism make sense for democracy?
Whether one is in a democracy for or against multiculturalism can often only be answered subjectively, but some argue for the social structure of a multicultural, democratic state.
In principle, for example, Europe is already a multicultural idea of a democracy, because many different cultures have been united in a democratic network. This can offer a variety of advantages.
Countries whose society consists of a mixed mix of different cultures have the chance to develop a much better understanding of other countries. This makes it much easier for these democracies to be able to react to situations of crisis with other countries. In addition, democracies benefit from multiculturalism. Successful business relations with other countries are based on the respect and understanding between the individual countries.
Multiculturalism in democracy understandably has both its advantages and disadvantages. Whether one is for or against it depends to a large extent on its own political attitude and conviction.
In today’s fight against terrorism, for example, it is unquestionably a good idea to have a healthy understanding of the crises, as this knowledge of other cultures and religions, as well as political decisions, can be made in a much calculated manner. Whether the global community creates multiculturalism in democracy as a basic pillar and not as a point of friction or problem, is probably still to be seen.