Yesterday I wrote of the healthists that
They are, quite simply, the latest bunch of tyrants bent on enslaving humanity for their own ends. They want to make people do what they want them to do, rather than freely choose for themselves. They are not the first, of course, and they won’t be the last.
Today I came across something that someone said which echoed what I wrote.
“They want to change us, they want to change our behaviour, our way of life, our values and preferences. They want to restrict our freedom because they themselves believe they know what is good for us. “
It was Czech President Vaclav Klaus who said it, but he wasn’t actually talking about healthists. He was actually talking about global warming alarmists. Here’s the full quote:
Global warming alarmists “want to change us, they want to change our behaviour, our way of life, our values and preferences. They want to restrict our freedom because they themselves believe they know what is good for us. They are not interested in climate. They misuse the climate in their goal to restrict our freedom. Therefore …what is in danger is freedom, not the climate”
I don’t think he’s wrong about the alarmists. I think they are indeed out to change people’s behaviour, their values and preferences, their way of life. But so also are the healthists. We’re facing a two-pronged attack on our values.
In fact, if you add in the EU, we’re facing a three-pronged attack. And, who knows, there may be a few more prongs I haven’t noticed.
I tend to concentrate on smoking and smoking bans, because that’s what matters most to me. But I’ve repeatedly noted the parallels between the anti-smoking healthists and the global warming alarmists. I’ve paid less attention to the EU, except to note that it’s equally anti-smoking and climate alarmist.
And perhaps they’re all connected, and in toto they represent the removal of individual freedom and democracy and the imposition of state power upon individual life. And, 20 years after that fall of the Berlin Wall and the disintegration of the Soviet Union, we are now seeing the equal and opposite disintegration of the West, and the emergence of something like an EU Soviet Union in its place – all without a shot being fired. After all, plenty of people already refer to the EU as the EUSSR. And perhaps they’re right. All I know about the EU from my own studies is that it’s pretty thoroughly undemocratic.
If they all are connected, then it will never be possible to defeat the antismokers without also defeating the global warmists and the EU enthusiasts, because they would all be different regiments in the same army.
And in fact, we may already have been utterly and comprehensively defeated, and they have won, and the reason why all our political parties are more or less identical is because all our politicians have long since conceded defeat, and thrown in their lot with the victors, and are at best trying to secure the best possible terms at the armistice talks.
If so, then the people with the best idea of what our future will be like are those people, like Vaclav Klaus, who spent most of their life in Eastern Bloc countries. Perhaps a few of my German readers spent some of their lives in the former East Germany, and would like to tell us what it will be like.
From what I know of it, life was pretty dull and drab, and nothing worked very well. State planning regularly ensured shortages or gluts of goods (although mostly shortages). The shops were mostly empty. The population was kept under close surveillance by the Stasi, and anti-communist elements were regularly rounded up and detained. Everybody spied on everybody, and you had to watch what you said.
If that’s the future, then smoking bans will multiply unstoppably, and tobacco will become illegal. The same will happen with alcohol shortly afterwards. Meat and fresh vegetables and luxury foods will vanish from the shops. As will music and fashionable clothes and shoes. Cars will largely vanish from the roads. Everyone will walk or cycle everywhere. Nobody will have any holidays abroad, and in fact such travel will be forbidden. You’ll probably need a travel permit to go further than about 50 miles from where you live. Public services – buses and trains – will work far worse than they already do. And there’ll be regular power cuts, as the power stations are replaced with non-functioning windmills. If there are already too many rules and regulations about everything, there will be ten times more of them.
Most of the institutions will probably be kept in place to preserve an air of normality. The Queen will be succeeded by Prince Charles, and he’ll spend his time opening wind farms and starting bicycle races. There’ll still be a parliament, but you’ll get the same Party in power whoever you vote for, or even if you don’t vote. And there’ll still be the BBC, and Gardeners’ Question Time will be very popular with people who are trying to grow turnips. The Archers will remain the same, but will feature everyday life in bicycling and turnip-growing Ambridge.
And all the socialists will be delighted. “At last!” they’ll say, “We will have a rationally planned and egalitarian society.” But for most people it will mean a catastrophic decline in their standards of living. Death rates will rise dramatically. Life will become much harder for everybody. But everybody will share equally in the shortages, as disparities of wealth are eradicated. Except it won’t really be egalitarian. You’ll live much better if you have Party connections. Top party members will have access to as many cigarettes and bottles of good whisky as they like.
And most private conversations, conducted by candlelight, will consist of reminiscences of what it used to be like. “Do you remember when you could buy chocolates? All sorts of different sorts!”
Well, that’s what I imagine. But what do I know?
Or perhaps it will be a great success? A bit like the smoking ban is a great success. Or will those who have been there before prove to have been right?
“I have lived in your future ….and it doesn’t work” (Russian dissident Vladimir Bukovsky on the EU)