I’m getting sick to death of stuff like this. Someone in Australia is saying that Australians shouldn’t be treated like children, and doesn’t like smoking bans. Nothing wrong with that. But then he goes on to say:
“Everybody knows that smoking is bad for you. We have the knowledge. As adults, we can make up our own minds.”
Well, I for one don’t “know” any such thing. And whatever it is, it isn’t “knowledge”. If anything, it’s indoctrination. People have been told for so long that smoking is bad for them that they’re actually incapable of thinking anything else – as I found out about 10 years ago when I started questioning what I “knew” about tobacco.
My position now is that I don’t believe anything anyone has ever said against tobacco. I don’t believe the doctors and the experts and the pundits. Furthermore I don’t see why I should believe them. I’m sick of all these experts.
Also I think I should actively disbelieve people who are doing so much harm to smokers. I should reject their claims out of hand. Back in the Nazi era, the terrible treatment of Jews should have been sufficient for anyone to reject the Nazi racial “science” that supposedly justified it, without reading a single word of it. Same with smoking. The treatment of smokers isn’t yet anywhere near as appalling as the Nazi treatment of Jews, but it’s bad enough already for anyone to completely reject the “science” being used to justify it. There can be no possible justification for demonising, excluding, firing, evicting, and otherwise harassing an entire sector of society. It’s a disgusting thing to do. The fact that, in a supposedly civilised society, an eugenic social programme to rid the world of smokers has been – and is still being – advanced in slow incremental steps, doesn’t make it any less disgusting: it makes it more disgusting.
In other news, we Britons acquired a new Prime Minister today. She emailed me herself to tell me. She wrote:
“The Government I lead will be driven not by the interests of the privileged few, but by yours. We will do everything we can to give you more control over your lives. When we take the big calls, we’ll think not of the powerful but you. When we pass new laws, we’ll listen not to the mighty but to you. When it comes to taxes, we’ll prioritise not the wealthy but you.”
Well, if you’re going to give us more control over our lives, you can start by repealing the smoking ban, and leaving it to pub landlords to decide what they will or won’t permit their customers to do. And if you’re going to stop listening to the powerful, you can stop listening to the likes of ASH and Deborah Arnott. And instead of raising taxes on tobacco year after year, how about cutting the already punitive level of taxation on tobacco.