Being acculturated as an American, my response was, "Why is this any of your business?"
It wasn't till this year's news reports came out that I figured out why they did it. It was PREVENT.
My taking him to this protest must have seemed like manna from heaven.
And I can only talk about this now because, back home in Massachusetts, we're safely beyond their reach.
- PREVENT suppresses peaceful political activism of any kind that the police happen not to like, and encourages people to rat you out to the authorities.
- The US has "Preventing Violent Extremism" programs inspired by PREVENT.
- The philosophy of "Safeguarding" seems to have led the UK to lose its grip on civil liberties.
"eco-terrorists", who have caused exactly zero deaths in the United States.
Governments want to narrow the Overton Window; let's not let them.
The French call this "l'esprit de l'escalier"]