I’m dashing so I’ve not the time to dismantle yet again the contradictions of the RESPECT agenda – but see Are you a youth worker, who’s a Green and anti-capitalist? Beware of PREVENT! and Radicalisation Awareness in Australia : Greens dubbed terrorists again!
But my gut reaction is that enough is enough in terms of this deeply divisive and irrational programme of intervention. The very fact that I can say explicitly and proudly that I want young people to be radicalised, to desire radical change in an unjust and unequal society illustrates the absurdity of using ‘radicalisation’ pejoratively.
It would be a radical and democratic act if we boycotted this spurious funding stream, which continues to demonise Muslim young people and implies that questioning the state of British society is extremist.
BOYCOTT THE ANT-RADICALISATION FUND
A total of £1.5m has been set aside by government to fund innovative projects that work to prevent young people from being radicalised, it has been announced.