Neo-Liberalism Died in it’s Sleep. It Fell Prey to it’s Vice, Terror

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The Neo-Liberal Dream particularly captured people as the Berlin Wall fell. It was the end of the ‘bogeyman’ Communism and in response to the 45 years of global heart palpitations (that was the Cold War), people were convinced that the world would be different. We would be peaceful.

But Alas, people forget! And even so, in the pursuit of one dream, attention to detail flies out the door. One detail forgotten was that through ousting the Soviet Union from Afghanistan (through arming ruthless rebels), the US conceived a monster: Al – Qaeda. And, then there grew a headless serpent of angry, aimless, and armed mercenaries, acting as black holes to civilisation.

Nevertheless, we continued down our comfortable path of hyper capitalism, infused with a spirit of liberal values with the hope that perhaps this system would be the meritocratic answer to all conflict. A more centric pattern of politics emerged, seeming to be quite tame, at least on the surface.

But, it must end. People forget, no system works, and we get complacent too. Like every other in history, this hegemony cannot last.

Populism is rising, and because community cohesion discussions have taken a back seat in our counter-terrorism narrative, hate politics has become more and more popular. We are seeing more and more of these divisive attitudes succeed. We are seeing figureheads of hate occupy governments or get very close. All in the name of security, or in the promotion of a specific demographic.

Even when radical ideas don’t succeed they leave a scourge on society. Power over people doesn’t need to be disseminated institutionally, it’s viral. This ideological warfare is played out through social power. What a fantastic tool the internet is in the right hands and a frightful weapon in the wrong ones.

This force is pedalled underground and that is a problem. If alternative views are stamped on, they will grow in a horrifically disfigured way. We need more open discussion in order to understand what’s happening.

 

The public is vested with a duty to Prevent terrorism, but how many Brits even know what Channel is?

In the wake of devastating UK terrorist attacks, emotions have been running high. It’s common knowledge that many of the attackers were known to the police, but do people know what happens once a report is made?

So often people ask in fear: so if a potential terrorist is reported before they’ve done anything illegal?

a) the police won’t do anything, or,

b) they’ll be instantly arrested?

 
Channel is the way local authorities try to de-radicalise individuals; it’s a referral process only carried out if the subject subscribes to an extremist ideology and demonstrates a violent expression moving towards terrorism.

 
The local authority has a responsibility to set up a multi-agency panel discussion that can share appropriate information about the person. Channel then assesses the risk through a non-exhaustive 22 quota of vulnerabilities. After review, somebody must show: engagement, intent, and capability of terrorism. Only then will they be subject to the prevent intervention process.

 
This involves multiple different agencies coming together to make a customised support system for the individual. If illegal travel is a risk, it is likely that they will have their passport confiscated by the police, or if they are being taught twisted religious ideologies, an intervention provider of that same faith (who may have even shared their journey of reform) will engage them in discussions to help detonate their hatred safely.

 
Charities, schools, the police, and the council all share information to make an informed decision. The system tries its best to be objective and keep everyone safe.

 
Unfortunately, the right cases don’t always reach Channel. Its sometimes hard to take a report forward and family members have had to push through third party charities to make channel happen. In other cases, panels may be held for people who should never have been referred in the first place.

 
Public awareness of Channel is very low, with many people not even knowing that Prevent exists. It’s alarming that minority groups know the most about these policies because they feel persecuted by them (source: my on conversations with anyone about terror ever).

 

This is particularly alarming because according to the 2015 policy update, we are all under ‘duty’ as a society to uphold a set of guidelines most of the population know nothing about.

 
We need more education about what Prevent is, and what it does, for everyone, anywhere in the country. We need an open, informed discussion. No matter what our political views on the strategy are, we should all agree on that. The UK needs to be equipped with the knowledge of what will happen if we report our friends and family to the police, and we need to have a strong, informed counter-narrative to terrorist ideas if we are expected to prevent it’s attrocities.

 

If you want to support an initiative driving forward this kind of education, follow this link.

 

SOURCE: – Channel Duty Guidance 2015 –