One can notice certain similarities between domains of
- biology, in which live organisms cope with viruses
- sociology, where societies cope with destructive ideologies
Drawing an analogy, we can imagine practices of social 'vaccination', where society may create supervised 'honeypot' extremist organizations which attract and supervise individuals succeptible to certain spectrum of 'viral' and destructive ideas.
I assume that intelligence agencies are practicing something similar to this, but is there a sociological theory describing this approach?