UK arrested Tommy Robinson for reporting child-rape gangs that the government caters to. The UK banned reporting of his arrest, denied him a lawyer, and is trying to have him assassinated in prison. Regardless of how you feel about his views, this is a totalitarian government.
Tommy Robinson isn't the first to that the UK has jailed after a secret trial. Melanie Shaw tried to expose child abuse in a Nottinghamshire kids home -- it wasn't foreigners doing the molesting, but many members of the UK's parliament. The government kidnapped her child and permanently took it away. Police from 3 forces have treated her like a terrorist and themselves broken the law. Police even constantly come by to rob her phone and money. She was tried in a case so secret the court staff had no knowledge of it. Her lawyer, like Tommy's, wasn't present. She has been held for over 2 years in Peterborough Prison. read, read
Political radicalism or simply radicalism is adherence to radical views and principles in politics. The meaning of the term "radical" (from Latin radix, root) in a political context has changed since its first appearance in the late 18th century, while it preserves its sense of a political orientation which favors fundamental, drastic, revolutionary changes in society, literally meaning "changes at the roots". Its specific flavors historically vary from "reformism" (early 19th century, antonymous and in opposition to conservative) to modern synonym of "extremism" (antonymous and in opposition to moderate).
According to Encyclopedia Britannica the first use of the word "radical" in a political sense is generally ascribed to the English whig parliamentarian Charles James Fox who in 1797 declared for a "radical reform" of the electoral system, drastically expanding the franchise to provide universal manhood suffrage. This led to a general use of the term to apply to all supporting the movement for parliamentary reform.
Over the 19th century the term has been combined with various notions and doctrines and various flavors of radicalism have been spoken about: working-class, middle-class, philosophical, democratic, bourgeois, Tory, plebeian. Furthermore, every influential radical leader gave rise to their own trend, such as Spencean radicalism or Carlilean radicalism. Still, there existed a certain degree of unity and identity among all these currents. Conservatives frequently used the term "radical" as a general-purpose pejorative.
In modern usage, the terms "radical" and "radicalism" refer to the political views of the far left (radical left, leftist radicalism) and far right (radical right) of the conventional political spectrum.
- Mike Sanders (ed.) (2001) "Women and Radicalism in the Nineteenth Century", ISBN 0415205263, "General Introduction"
- Edward Walter (1992) "The Rise and Fall of Leftist Radicalism in America", ISBN 0275942767
- Gilbert Abcarian (1971) "American Political Radicalism: Contemporary Issues and Orientations"