The Power of Nobody

I’ve continued to think today about how Tobacco Control has managed to capture the moral high ground. In the comments, Tony pointed out that they were allied with doctors, who are held in high esteem by everybody. And of course they also associate themselves with ‘health’ and ‘safety’ and ‘well-being’.  They are veritable little angels, aren’t they?

But today I began to think that more important than this was the demonisation firstly of tobacco, and then of the tobacco industry, and now even of people who smoke tobacco. The tobacco industry, which they like to call ‘the industry’ is an important counterfoil for them. Because the more evil the tobacco industry is portrayed, the better Tobacco Control looks. The more depraved the one appears, the more benign the other. And Tobacco Control is always careful to portray their struggle as that of a David against Big Tobacco’s goliath.

So that when anyone speaks out against them, they automatically get labelled as ‘shills’ or ‘stooges’ or ‘front groups’ for Big Tobacco. And in that manner they become demonised too.

And this is perhaps what terrifies politicians (and more or less everyone else). Because Big Tobacco has been so thoroughly demonised that nobody wants to be associated with them. And any politician who might stand up and say that smoking ban should be relaxed or repealed would find himself being demonised in his turn. Senior doctors would protest, ASH would scream. The media would denounce them.

And politicians have a lot to lose, particularly if they are established, senior politicians. The last thing they want is to find themselves described as shills for Big Tobacco. It would be like having Satan as personal friend.

In fact, more or less everyone is frightened of Tobacco Control, and the extension of the demonisation process into alcohol and food. Soon Big Alcohol and Big Sugar are going to be joining Big Tobacco as the very incarnation of evil.

They all try to placate the monster. They all retreat before it. They try to make peace with it. They have too much to lose.

But there are some people who have nothing to fear from Tobacco Control. Smokers like me have nothing more we can lose. We have already been demonised. And we have already been expelled from society. What more can we possibly lose? And in my case, at age of nearly 66, I’m gradually approaching the day when I will die. And for all I know, I might die next week.

I’m nobody. And I have nothing to lose.

They can demonise me all they like. And they have already begun to do so. Which I find rather gratifying, because it means that I must be hurting them a bit.

I can speak out because I have nothing to lose, not even my own life. I’m not a politician with an electorate to worry about, or a company CEO trying to maximize profits for shareholders, nor even a celebrity with a reputation to keep, or even a married man with a family to raise.

And it’s us nobodies who pose the greatest threat to Tobacco Control. Particularly if we’re nobodies who write blogs every day, telling our own personal truth. Or nobodies who tweet or post comments or write letters. Or nobodies who resist in their own chosen way, whatever it might be. Or even nobodies who just carry on smoking.

Everybody else – everybody who’s somebody – has got something to lose, and they’re all too frightened to step out of line, lest they get demonised or ostracized or ridiculed. The somebodies are all paralysed with fear. So it’s going to have to be us nobodies that help them out, by showing them how.

And, on reflection, I suspect that the world’s somebodies may well detest Tobacco Control as much as I do. It could well be that the David Camerons and Nick Cleggs and all the rest of these Quislings are absolutely dying to get rid of these Nazis, but dare not attempt it, and so fraternise with them.

But the more people who are demonised by Tobacco Control and its other healthist affiliates, the more people there will be with nothing to lose. It’s one reason why I think it was a strategic error by Tobacco Control to demonise not just tobacco (a plant), and tobacco companies (an industry), but also the world’s 1.5 billion smokers, all of whom are now outcasts and nobodies, and have nothing to lose.

And Tobacco Control are in a very exposed situation, given that more or less all their claims are outright lies that are only sustained by a captive media and a captive political class and a captive medical profession. They have been running a gigantic confidence trick. And time is running out for them.

I was watching a documentary about the emperor Caligula –  described as the personification of evil -today. It described how, after making an initial good impression in Rome, he made more and more enemies after insulting and degrading and murdering many Romans. But the Roman senate and the noble families were all too scared to do anything about it. They had too much to lose by opposing him. And so it was a few nobodies that finally stabbed him to death in the cryptoporticus beneath the Palatine hill. One of them was the chief of the praetorian guard, who had himself been regularly insulted and humiliated by Caligula. They were people who had nothing to lose.

Tobacco Control is the modern personification of evil. It insults and degrades millions of ordinary people. It shatters communities. It bankrupts pubs and cafes. And it robs and cheats and lies. It’s a modern Caligula. And it will be defeated by nobodies who have nothing left to lose.

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31 Responses to The Power of Nobody

  1. harleyrider1978 says:

    Hey uh Frank I aint skeered of tobacco control………..I tinks they skeered of me since they run from every fight!

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      You don’t get much more down to nothing than me a simple backwoods hick from the sticks. Hell 50 years ago most of my family save a few looked pretty much like those kids you see in a cabin in Appalachia like in Deliverance. Dads biggest complaint was to never live in a house with wanescoating and tar paper for insulation again. We never did again!

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Somwhere I got a pic of that shack house we lived in. In Kentucky in 1959-60

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          Hell Frank you got me off on a tangent and I ended up finding my gr gr gr grandpas confederate widows pension application on line.

          Just found my great great great grand dads confederate war pension

          He was wounded at Antietam and discharged for wounds. Then returned to his command the Georgia 6th infantry. He was captured at look out mountain and sent to rock island federal prison camp. John Moses Morgan

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          Hell maybe now I know where my redneck fighting spirit comes from. This guy was wounded at Antietam spent a year recovering at home and damn goes and joins up again to fight even more…………

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          The Battle of Antietam /ænˈtiːtəm/ also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg, particularly in the South, fought on September 17, 1862, near Sharpsburg, Maryland, and Antietam Creek as part of the Maryland Campaign, was the first major battle in the American Civil War to take place on Union soil. It is the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with a combined tally of dead, wounded, and missing at 22,717.[4]

          After pursuing Confederate General Robert E. Lee into Maryland, Union Army Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan launched attacks against Lee’s army, in defensive positions behind Antietam Creek. At dawn on September 17, Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker’s corps mounted a powerful assault on Lee’s left flank. Attacks and counterattacks swept across Miller’s cornfield and fighting swirled around the Dunker Church. Union assaults against the Sunken Road eventually pierced the Confederate center, but the Federal advantage was not followed up. In the afternoon, Union Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside’s corps entered the action, capturing a stone bridge over Antietam Creek and advancing against the Confederate right. At a crucial moment, Confederate Maj. Gen. A.P. Hill’s division arrived from Harpers Ferry and launched a surprise counterattack, driving back Burnside and ending the battle. Although outnumbered two-to-one, Lee committed his entire force, while McClellan sent in less than three-quarters of his army, enabling Lee to fight the Federals to a standstill. During the night, both armies consolidated their lines. In spite of crippling casualties, Lee continued to skirmish with McClellan throughout September 18, while removing his battered army south of the Potomac River.[5]

          Despite having superiority of numbers, McClellan’s attacks failed to achieve force concentration, allowing Lee to counter by shifting forces and moving interior lines to meet each challenge. Despite ample reserve forces that could have been deployed to exploit localized successes, McClellan failed to destroy Lee’s army. McClellan had halted Lee’s invasion of Maryland, but Lee was able to withdraw his army back to Virginia without interference from the cautious McClellan. Although the battle was tactically inconclusive, the Confederate troops had withdrawn first from the battlefield, making it, in military terms, a Union victory. It had significance as enough of a victory to give President Abraham Lincoln the confidence to announce his Emancipation Proclamation, which discouraged the British and French governments from potential plans for recognition of the Confederacy.

  2. mactheknife says:

    Well Francus, I’ll be waiting in the cryptoporticus, and my gladius is sharp… :)

  3. Reinhold says:

    Believe it or not, Caligula occasionally came to my mind too when I thought about Tobacco Control.

  4. Nightlight says:

    I ran recently on YouTube into talks by a Sufi mystic Llewellyn Vaughan Lee which provide interesting insights about our present world, when everything seems to have gone upside down, when lies and distortions seem to grow daily, with liars from mass media and politics to science, etc. getting ever more audacious… In this talk called Awakening the subject is personal (first 20min) and social awakening (from 20min on), from the initial signs through their phases to final states.

    At ~ 32min, he notes that “something very very odd is taking place” presently in our societies (illustrating kind of issues we complain daily around here), then after analysis arrives to conclusion that all signs (which he is observing in the collective consciousness or group mind realm, where all actions happen before playing out in the material realm) we are on the very edge of a massive social awakening and transformation, a complete flip to something entirely opposite from where we seem to be heading (the full blown, overt Orwellian tyranny that appears inescapable).

  5. waltc says:

    Back briefly on yesterday’s topic of morality,

    it’s interesting to me that these people who do indeed consider themselves to be, not just moral, but morally superior, on the side of the angels, protectors of the innocent, and all-around ultimate Doers of Good, think nothing of their own unquestionably immoral and inhumane acts: Depriving smokers of medical care just because they smoke (thereby causing a great deal of cruel, unnecessary, but very purposeful, man-made pain); kicking old folks out of their homes and/or nursing homes, or forcing them out of either and into the snowy cold; depriving mental patients and prisoners of their last comfort; torturing hospital patients at their most vulnerable;, taking children away from their parents, jobs from the employed; “restricting” housing; and manufacturing a caste of social Untouchables. And they do this apparently without a moral qualm and certainly without disrupting their image of themselves.

    You ask how we can regain the moral high ground. Perhaps if the population hasn’t yet been entirely brutalized by the healthist ideology (as people have historically been brutalized by other political and religious ideologies) pointing this out might just let us start to get a foot in the door.

    • It particularly incensed me to read that patients were being banned from smoking in mental hospitals – even in the grounds. Most people with mental illness smoke. In fact, with schizophrenia and other conditions it can act as a medication.

      It’s about nine years to the day since I cancelled my TV licence, but I’d be surprised if a single documentary has been made highlighting the damage and suffering these bans have wrought.

      But that would mean the compliant media aiding the “enemy” onto the moral high ground.

      • nisakiman says:

        I am in complete agreement with you on the mental hospital issue, Stewart. To me, the ban in mental institutions is the cruellest of all bans, because they are inflicting their self-righteous, warped morality on people who not only can do nothing to refute it, but who also derive a good deal of stability from it, both physically and mentally. (I don’t have the links on the laptop I’m using, but I have a few links on my desktop at home highlighting the benefits of smoking to schizophrenics. It’s classed as self-medication.) The prison ban is equally pernicious, but at least prisoners tend to be a pretty inventive and uncompromising bunch, and can find ways around the stupidity. I cannot get my head round how anyone with a scrap of compassion could take that away from mental patients. Just thinking about it makes my blood boil. And I mean it REALLY makes me angry, more than any other aspect of the smoking ban issues.

        • I agree with you about the ban in prisons too. I’ve said this before, but at the alcohol detox clinic near Glasgow I attended nearly 16 years ago (and a complete success, with God’s grace), I reckon I saw about 100 other out patients over the weeks I had to attend and I watched who smoked and who didn’t (there were two large lounges and a pool room where you could smoke freely) and I can seriously say that I only remember about four people who didn’t smoke.

          (I expect some people would be outraged that alcoholics get the use of a pool table on the NHS, but I went on to run a successful business.)

          The clinic is a wing of a mental hospital and I’ve just ‘visited’ via Google and I see ‘No smoking’ signs at the entrance, but you can’t read what’s underneath, but I imagine the entire grounds are ‘Rauchen verboten’ by order of the health Nazis.

          The business of giving up booze when you’re an addict is horrendous, so I expect these days, they’re expected to refrain from smoking for the four or five hours they have to stay – and take their NRT instead.

          Result: I imagine many people will drop out and stay alcoholics for years to come. Perhaps that’s part of the plan – to reduce spending on these things (while raking in the tax on alcohol).

          Like Frank says, everyone in the system will be too scared of doing the right thing and standing up for the smokers.

          And what of the European Convention on Human Rights?

          Article 3 states that, No one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.


          Article 4 states that, Everyone has the right to liberty and security of person.

          …..but not persons of unsound mind, alcoholics or drug addicts, or vagrants.

          So I guess that means that the “Authorities” consider such people as not being human. Just like everyone else then….

        • lleweton says:

          I totally agree, nisakiman

        • Rose says:

          The Government don’t have much choice since they allowed themselves to be painted into a corner.

          “In a legal opinion obtained by ASH, J. Melville Williams QC suggests that not only has the date of guilty knowledge passed for employers, but also for the Health & Safety Executive and Commission

          Smoking ban considered for prisons

          “It is thought the move is linked to potential legal action by staff and inmates who have suffered the effects of passive smoking.”

          Still, however great the cruelty and suffering, it won’t be happening to them and it’s the staff who will have to deal with it.
          Out of sight and out of mind.

        • Jonathan Bagley says:

          It most certainly is classed as self medication, and also lessens the bad side effects of the medication schizophrenics take. I was told this first hand by the lead researcher of an experiment for which I volunteered as a member of the control group, all of whom had to be smokers as 90% of schizophrenics (the other group) are. I got a free high resolution brain scan and £50. That was a deal. The ban on smoking in secure mental hospitals, i.e. residences, is the worst thing the Tobacco Control Industry has done so far.

    • Frank Davis says:

      it’s interesting to me that these people who do indeed consider themselves to be, not just moral, but morally superior, on the side of the angels, protectors of the innocent, and all-around ultimate Doers of Good, think nothing of their own unquestionably immoral and inhumane acts

      And nor, for the most part, does anyone else think anything of the immoral and inhumane acts that you list.

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  7. castello2 says:

    I hit them on their facebook pages. tobacco free ca, tobacco free kids, ala, and whoever lets me friend them up. They have no comebacks. Of coarse I’m on the ecig wagon and I try not to use the death and cancer lines but they have left themselves open to my criticisms. Nothing worse than an ex smoker as you know. I try to keep that in mind.

  8. nisakiman says:

    Frank, I love your entry on the TT site, always have. I would consider it a real badge of honour if I was to make it onto the ‘bad boy’ listings of TCI. It shows that you are hurting them, and that they consider you a threat to their dogma. Bravo, mate, and long may you continue to be a thorn in their side!

  9. Barry Homan says:

    There’s a trick that professional thieves know. The quick sum of it is that when they steal, they make sure not to steal everything: they’ll grab a lady’s purse, run down an alley, pinch her money-wallet out of it and shake the other contents out, leaving a little trail. They steal the cash, credit cards, then ditch the rest, make their escape. The lady and cops follow, find all the bits along the way – it slows the pursuit down, giving the thief more escape time. In the end, the lady has lost maybe 20 pounds, and hurries to stop her credit cards. Maybe the thief is a little richer, but the lady is only out a small amount. The thief’s capture suddenly doesn’t feel like a huge priority, because most of the valuable things have been returned to her.

    But if the thief took everything, the lady’s anger would drive her to hound the police to hunt him down, and they’d feel obliged to comply – a pro-thief doesn’t need that hassle! He wants to stay more or less in the clear and plan his next heist.

    The moral? Never take everything away from a person, so that he has nothing left. Because if he has nothing left, it means he has nothing left to lose – that’s when a person becomes dangerous.

    Tobacco control is playing the dangerous game, because they keep wanting more. And more.

  10. Karen says:

    That whole ‘moral high ground’ thing is easily refuted from a Christian standpoint, and you touched on it yourself, Frank. It’s in the lies they have to tell to get everyone on board. They may dress these up as ‘little white lies’, but a lie is a lie and the Father of Lies is another name for Satan.

    Christians also believe that God gave man the gift and responsibility of free-will, while these do-gooding types would rob him of it.

    I appreciate these arguments don’t weigh much in a secular world, but they’ll do for me.

    • smokingscot says:

      No alone there.

      “Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak, and that is doing God’s service when it is violating all His laws”

      John Adams.

    • jaxthefirst says:

      I’m not terribly familiar with the Bible, but doesn’t the Book of Revelation declare that the Third Antichrist will present first as a great saviour of mankind, and be worshipped and followed by the vast majority of people, before the real Second Coming, when they realise to their dismay how badly they have been fooled? And, given the Bible’s use of metaphor to convey its stories/prophecies to make them more accessible to the reader, could the Third Antichrist not be, as is usually assumed, a single person – a world leader, a politician, an academic, or a religious guru, but instead be a “movement” a “philosophy” or a “way of believing?”

      If so, then anti-smoking with all its compliant drones and attendant pseudo-science, must surely be right up there as the most obvious candidate, given that all the other possibles (politicians, religions, the media, the rule of law etc) are all now pretty much spent forces who have blotted their copybooks too much and too often for even the most intellectually-challenged drone to believe them to be anything equating to “saviours of humanity?” Drones of all shapes, sizes and intellectual ability, on the other hand, don’t seem to have any trouble adhering obediently to the dictates of the Tobacco Control industry and clinging stubbornly to the view that if they do as they are told by the “anti-smoking experts” then eternal life really will come to them. Even those who comment with some cynicism on the latest anti-booze, anti-salt or anti-sugar stories swiftly get back in their conformist boxes as soon as anti-tobacco is mentioned, and seem totally incapable of recognising the hypocrisy of holding the two opposing stances at one and the same time. It truly is as if anti-smoking and all that goes with it has become a kind of sacred, blind faith which reason and common-sense must not be allowed to sully. If the Third Antichrist is a “movement” and if my (admittedly limited!) understanding of the machinations of Revelation is correct, then anti-smoking fits the bill perfectly.

      So maybe, when we say these people are “evil,” perhaps even those of us on here who genuinely loathe and despise these people at a personal level, don’t realise quite how accurate that description is. I just wish the Second Coming would get a flamin’ move on and kick ‘em all into touch …

  11. harleyrider1978 says:

    Phillip Waller · Top Commenter · “The School of Hard Knox”

    The Anti-Smoke Nazis are here. Bunch of control freaks in charge. Wanna change it? Run a sane person the next election and the first order of business, run the control freaks outta town on rail, AFTER sufficiently applying tar and feathers.

  12. smokingscot says:


    An example of another nobody. He was of course 100% correct in his analysis. He also smoked and I find it telling that he had to end his days in Germany to receive treatment for his cancer.

    Brian Haw.

  13. roobeedoo2 says:

    ‘We are nobody’ is a good name for a group with no structure (body). It could be a rallying cry.

  14. garyk30 says:

    Anti-smokers cherry pick data and that makes it easy to ‘prove’ anything.

    For instance, a couple of ‘proofs’ about climate change/global warming.
    In degrees F

    Last nite the temp was -8 and the windchill/feels like was -37.

    This morn the temp is -12 and the windchill/feels like is -18.

    So, cooling causes warming is ‘proven’.

    Being a climate change/global warming believer is so easy!

    This morn the temp was -12 and the windchill felt like -18.

    This noon the temp is 1 above and the windchill feels like -25.

    This ‘proves’ that warming causes cooling.

    Being a climate change/global warming believer is so easy!!!

  15. Pat Glass says:

    Excellent article Frank. And there are a lot of us nobodys out here!

  16. Jay says:

    Funny you should mention Caligula – I was musing the other day about despots and how easy it is for them to gain and keep control. Get people to support you through persuasion , promising them benefits which you might or might not have any intention of keeping and when you get into power surround yourself with its legitimate trappings such as the military. Keep your friends close through bribery and your enemies closer by bigger bribes. Crush, brutally and publicly, any hint of dissent (in the manner of Kim Jong Un). If the oppressed population does manage to foment unrest (eg Syria) there must come a point when they lose either because they have to capitulate to the regime (by which time they’ll be fighting, not just for regime change, but for their lives) or because a new regime has got into power, equally dictatorial from expediency.

    To equate TC with despots would be a bit like equating them with the Nazi’s Final Solution, but they do seem to share much in the way of MO.

  17. Jeremy Stocks says:

    Came here via Roobedoo. I am not a smoker, however I was in favour of Brexit/Trump (the latter is turning out to not be as competent as we hoped) but I fully get the “holier than thou” atmosphere we live in today. it’s awful. You have zero freedom in today’s world to do anything or say anything. If you say anything against a viewpoint you are an -ist. It is insane.

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