I’ve been exploring the enemy’s mindset. Dick Puddlecote on the nanny state:
Yes, of course it’s bollocks, but this is the weird fantasy world these people live in. They really think that poking their nose into what people freely choose to purchase and consume, and trying to stop it, is being kind and generous, whereas the food industry – who make popular products and advertise them – are somehow twisting your arm and frog-marching you down to the shops to buy them.
It’s absurd and a contorted perversion of reality. In the wibbly-wobbly world of the health nag, these evil food barons sit around all day thinking up products to ruin your health for profit, forgetting that no consumer ever bought anything that they didn’t think was in their own self-interest to buy. If the public don’t like the product on offer, they won’t buy it and the business fails, it really is as simple as that; economics and business 101.
Tobacco Control works in a Manichaean universe in which the forces of Good (Tobacco Control) are pitted against the forces of Evil (the Tobacco Industry). The Tobacco Industry is evil because it makes big profits selling its customers a product that will kill most if not all of them. The customers only buy the product because, after being lured in by clever advertising at a very early age, they become totally hooked on it. They become addicts. And as addicts they have been deprived of their free will. Most of them – 70% is the usual figure – want to stop smoking, or would want to stop smoking if they still had any free will. The task of Tobacco Control is to intervene to make or help the powerless smoking addicts stop smoking, recover their free will, and live at least 10 years longer. They can do this because the addicts have lost their free will, and have ceased to be fully human, and don’t have any rights that need to be respected.
That’s roughly how it works. It’s a good-guys-versus-bad-guys vision of life. It’s a black-and-white universe in which there are no shades of grey. Tobacco Control will not even allow that smokers ever enjoy smoking, or that there are any benefits from smoking (in the form of improved concentration, for example).
Climate Control occupies a similar Manichaean universe in which the Oil Industry replaces the Tobacco Industry as the bad guys making profits selling its customers a product that will eventually boil them all alive.
But it’s deeper than this.
The Tobacco Industry and the Oil Industry are not just evil because they’re selling their addicted customers a product that will eventually kill them, but also because they make big profits in the process. They’re doubly evil. Because making profits is pretty much as evil as killing people. Profit, in their view, is a form of theft. Why else do we have so many Not-For-Profit organisations, whose members only join them in order to wash off a little of the mantle of sinful profit they’ve made as bankers, lawyers, builders, or whatever.
Tobacco Control sometimes doesn’t refer to “the Tobacco Industry” as its enemy, but instead simply “the industry”, and quite often just “industry”. When it does this, its enemy becomes not just one particular industry, but all industry in general. Tobacco Control is the enemy of any and every profit-making industry. And so is Climate Control. They’re both anti-profit and anti-industry. It’s just that the Tobacco Industry and the Oil Industry are the worst of a bad bunch. Along with the Armaments Industry, of course, which is also selling its addicted customers a product that will kill most of them (if tobacco and global warming haven’t already done so).
New industries are regularly being added to the list of proscribed industries. There’s also the Alcohol Industry. The Sugar Industry. The Meat Industry. The Salt Industry. Sooner or later all industry will join the ranks of the Bad Guys – and that includes the currently-approved Wind and Solar Power Industries, who are also really just selling yet another lethal product (e.g. “bird choppers”) to their addicted customers. Even the Pharma Industry won’t escape.
The economic model underlying both Tobacco Control and Climate Control and Gun Control is one in which, using highly sophisticated advertising techniques, industries only ever sell lethal products to their addicted customers. The economy is simply an arena in which evil scheming profiteers sell a variety of different poisons – guns, tobacco, sugar, meat, etc. – to gullible customers, none of whom really has any need of it at all. Tobacco Control, Climate Control – all the different legions of controllers – occupy the moral high ground by acting as a band of enlightened missionaries opposed to the sale of a variety of lethal products (a form of murder) to addicts (a form of exploitation) for profit (a form of theft) among the depraved native populations .
The only logical conclusion that can be drawn from this economic model is that the very best thing that could happen would be for all industries to be closed down, perhaps by preventing any of them ever advertising their lethal products anywhere. After all, people won’t buy stuff if they don’t know it’s on sale, or have no money.
The Controllers vaguely understand that the result might be the premature death of the greater bulk of humanity, as people run out of sugar, meat, potatoes (yes, they’re addictive too), salt, guns, cars, houses, etc. – but they don’t think that would be such a bad thing, because most of them see the human race as a sort of terrible epidemic on the face of the Earth (aka Gaia), breathing all the air, eating all the food, and covering the Earth with cities and roads and huge piles of garbage. The few thousand survivors of the near-extinction of humanity, now returned to the Stone Age, would probably spend most of their time trying to wipe out the few remaining humans, while forbidding everyone from making and selling each other stone tools.
Yes it’s “a weird fantasy world”. And it’s also an “absurd and a contorted perversion of reality”. It’s completely demented. However did they ever manage to get their heads so far up their arses? And how might their weird fantasy world be dismantled?