H/T Harley for this Spectator piece:
The post-Communist quest for world domination runs straight through “health care.” Step one, health care is a human right. Step two, the government provides health care. Step three, every part of human behavior is subsumed under preventive health care. Step four, the government as health care payer and provider has the moral right – nay, obligation – to control all aspects of human behavior.
WHO is a proxy for government, a sort of super-government, and they are trying to move all this power and control up one level, away from national government to their brand of supranational dominion. We have enough trouble trying to keep national government honest, but at least it is somewhat answerable to the electoral process. Handing power to these guys puts citizens’ lives in the hands of nameless faceless bureaucrats, unelected and unaccountable.
The latest excess by these folks is as pernicious as it is officious. It targets everyone’s favorite vice, tobacco. Since cigarettes are the number one cause of preventable death, WHO places a priority on reducing smoking. Instead of curing diseases, they are repairing behavior. A secular exorcism, as it were; the doctor will shoo away the devil.
In this capacity, WHO encourages high taxation of tobacco products. Countries like that part, because it brings in money. But this makes the black market in illegal tobacco more profitable. At this stage WHO gives itself the authority to set security policy for countries trying to protect their borders and markets against tobacco smugglers, who bypass taxation and probably deliver a nastier puff to the smoker. Additionally, these smuggling routes can aid terrorism alongside organized crime.
Countries needing WHO and the United Nations’ help in other areas are pressured to cede control over policy in this area.
The results are a predictable bungle. As part of the narrative surrounding the evils of smoking, the tobacco companies are demonized. They are pilloried for poisoning the masses to line their pockets with filthy lucre. In keeping with this attitude, WHO will not allow the companies to play any role in the effort to fight illegal tobacco. Furthermore, WHO ostracizes companies or entities who do legitimize the tobacco companies by dealing with them. This includes Interpol, which naturally works with legal tobacco companies to fight illegal tobacco.
Add this up and you have Monty Python level absurdity. Countries that cooperate with WHO cannot cooperate with Interpol in fighting illegal tobacco imports and sales. The legal companies that sell the taxed products cannot help countries fight the illegal products which drive down both sales and taxes.
The bottom line is simple. In the age of Brexit, it is time to exit the whole Who’s Who of the WHO ilk. Authority needs to be localized to the extent possible.
Quite so. I was thinking a few days ago that WHO-instigated global smoking bans are probably prototypes for the globalised New World Order to test the efficacy of global legislation. Once any teething troubles had been resolved, the same playbook could be used for alcohol bans, meat bans, sugar bans, salt bans, and so on ad infinitum, all dictated by nameless, faceless, unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats.
But one of the results of this, not mentioned in the article above, is that citizens all over the world who have been personally experiencing the consequences – “exile to the outdoors”, punitive taxation, etc – have become deeply averse to unaccountable globalist bureaucracies, and they have swelled the numbers of anti-EU, anti-UN, anti-globalist voters who recently voted for Brexit, and look set to vote for Frexit. It doesn’t seem to have ever occurred to the bureaucrats that this might happen. In fact it still hasn’t occurred to them that it is actually happening right now. They’re just completely oblivious.
The smoking bans will end when the WHO sinks along with the globalist NWO, and authority gets localised, and people start making their own laws the way they want them, not the way someone else does. And the whole smoking ban era will seem like a bad dream – which is actually the way it’s always seemed like anyway.