Downtrodden Smokers Will Revolt One Day

A comment left here by slugbop yesterday:

I live in a social housing unit with 120 other people. They play Bingo every Thursday night. They used to smoke in the community hall until that was prohibited. Since then they have gone outside in front of the building to light up. That has now been banned, unless they smoke near the sidewalk or in the middle of the street. The edict was posted on the door at the front of our building yesterday. I would love to sabotage it but they have hidden cameras near the front entrance.

The comment ended with one word:

Help!

But I can’t see any way in which I can help, except to suggest that those 120 people head down to their local town hall – and burn it down.

Because I think that’s what’s going to happen some day soon. The authorities everywhere seem to have started treating smokers like cattle rather than people. They treat them with the most profound contempt. And indeed, as far as I can see, smokers are as much beneath their contempt as, say, French peasants were beneath the contempt of the French aristocracy in about 1760.

And I think that when authorities start treating large numbers of people with profound contempt in this way, very deep rifts must open up in society, and something akin to the French Revolution, complete with tumbrils and guillotines, is likely to ensue.

The most extraordinary thing about this is that more or less the exact same thing is happening everywhere in the world at the exact same time. Which leads me to think that the explosion – or revolution -, when it comes, isn’t going to be restricted to one country, but will consume the whole world.

A further oddity, perhaps, is that while it has historically been the political left which has fought for the rights of downtrodden workers, it is now the political left which is largely (but not entirely) responsible for the plight of downtrodden smokers. In the UK it has been the “progressive” left who voted for a public smoking ban: 90% of Labour MPs in Parliament voted enthusiastically for one. The same wasn’t true of Conservative MPs. And in fact, it’s been the political right, in the form of Nigel Farage and UKIP, who have spoken up for smokers.

The same is true in the USA, where it has been the political right standing up for smokers. Yesterday I came across an article in the Federalist Papers, touching on yesterday’s post, which began:

Here’s a great story that does two awesome things: It makes American troops happy and it infuriates the left.

Momentum – and donations – are growing for “Operation: Cigars for Warriors,” a movement to send stogies to our servicemen and –women overseas.

And even though there have been a great many smokers on the political left – Karl Marx not least -, it’s hard to name any left wing politician who has any sympathy at all for downtrodden smokers these days.

So it was with some surprise that I came across a left wing article in the Baffler that supported smokers.

The powers that be say anti-smoking legislation is for our own well-being. Nothing could be further from the truth. The attack on cigarette smoking does not improve the lives of those it claims to protect, be they the “self-destructive” workers who smoke or the moralizing professionals who complain about having to smell them. Anti-smoking legislation is, and always has been, about social control. It is about ratcheting up worker productivity and fostering class hatred, to keep us looking for the enemy in each other instead of in those who are making a killing off cigarettes and anti-smoking campaigns alike. It legitimates the privatization of public space, limits popular assembly, and forces the working class out of political life into private isolation via the social technology of shame. It whitewashes the violence exacted on the poor by the rich to make it all seem like the worker’s own doing. It is, in short, class war by another name.

 I have made the point myself that the war on smokers is a class war. The piece ends:

In the meantime, my last words for the smokers are simply: Never let anyone make you feel ashamed. You should be able to smoke precisely as much as you want. This is not because mass-produced cigarettes or “Big Tobacco” are beautiful things. They are not. It is, rather, because we are beautiful and precious. Our lives are beautiful and precious. Our lives, despite what the bosses say, are actually for our own enjoyment, not to make others’ lives easier, cleaner, and lazier. As long as the value of professionals’ lives is not measured primarily in terms of their effects on others, but according to their pleasure, so shall our own lives and value be measured….

If state and capital are going to steal our precious energies and vast hours of our lives to line their pockets with profit, leaving us with poor sleep, insufficient rent money, and a diet of 7-Eleven specials as we provide the country’s most basic services, the very least we deserve is to enjoy our cigarettes in peace.

Clearly some people on the left are on the side of downtrodden smokers. But the bulk of the “progressive” left are the very people who are now treating smokers with an aristocratic contempt, and loading them with bans and fines. I wonder what George Orwell, himself a leftist, and also a smoker, would have thought of it?

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30 Responses to Downtrodden Smokers Will Revolt One Day

  1. Harleyrider1978 says:

    Remember the CPUSA put out that piece about 6 years ago attacking the passive junk science !

    I thought that amazing too and still do!

    Btw I hate communists but ehh gotta give em credit they spoke out against the shit and then turn around and support the mother of the bans hitlery!

  2. Harleyrider1978 says:

    I’m still in Facebook jail for another 4 days and 4 hours according to the FB gestapo clock. All for simply saying the word JAPS

  3. Harleyrider1978 says:

    I had made comparison of FDRs imprisonment of the japs in WE2 as a just measure because vetting at that time was no better than todaybor any day simply because you can’t ever tell who is friend from foe!

    • Harleyrider1978 says:

      Take into consideration in Vietnam women handing off babies to chopper crews during an evacuation would put a grenade on the baby and pull the pin and then run.

      Then we have the 911 attackers all basically air training students at emery riddlr aeronautical campuses!

      Then we have those 2 in California who shot up that health dept xmas party
      Yet they were vetted too.

      Then our own so called homegrown ones in Boston besides
      All those refugees in the EU and America who were suppose to be children yet are all of military service age!

      You all can fill in more with hundreds of other vetted properly groups that did attacks in your own countries.

      I think stating fact is what got me banned not simply the word JAPS

      • Harleyrider1978 says:

        Yet the left has no problem with criminalizing smokers even jailing them now or banishing them to the streets for simply smokingbin their own home even if it’s taxpayer funded it’s still their home!

  4. Harleyrider1978 says:

    http://tass.com/society/918727

    If you can believe a Tass story mike might sell them anti smokers the Brooklyn bridge

  5. http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/susan-jones/

    MICHELLE O: SANTA GAVE UP SMOKING… drudge report

    Michelle Obama Tells Kids: ‘I Think St. Nick Gave Up Smoking’

    By Susan Jones | December 13, 2016 | 7:58 AM EST

    (CNSNews.com) – Santa Claus is fat and he smokes a pipe. That presented an uh-oh moment Monday, as First Lady Michelle Obama and TV/radio host Ryan Seacrest read “The Night Before Christmas” to a group of children at a Washington, D.C. hospital.

    Mrs. Obama told the children, “Well, we have a story to tell you — a story about Christmas night and this guy named –”

    “Old St. Nick,” Seacrest joined in.

    Mrs. Obama told the children that she and Ryan would read together: “You guys ready?”

    The story began: “‘Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.”

    And so it went, until they got to the part about Santa coming down the chimney:

    “His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, and the beard on his chin was as white as the snow,” Seacrest read.

    Then it was Mrs. Obama’s turn: “‘The stump of a pipe’ — I think St. Nick gave up smoking,” she interjected. (Laughter.) “This was a long time back,” she explained to the kids.

    “This was written way back in the day,” Seacrest echoed.

    “But way back in the day,” Mrs. Obama agreed. She continued: “The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, and the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath.”

    Seacrest read the line about Santa’s “little round belly that shook when he laughed like a bowl full of jelly.”

    “I mean this as a compliment,” Ryan told the children, before reading the line, “He was chubby and plump (laughter) — a right jolly old elf, and I laughed when I saw him in spite of myself.”

    They finished the Christmas poem without further footnotes.

    Later, Mrs. Obama and Seacrest took questions from the children.

    One of the children wanted to know Seacrest’s favorite holiday song.

    Favorite holiday song?” Seacrest asked. “I like — my favorite holiday song for Christmas time is ‘Silent Night.’ The candlelight service, light the candle and sing that, with everybody’s candle lit. That’s my favorite holiday song.”

    “And it has to have the candle to — going with it?” Mrs. Obama asked.

    “Yeah, you’ve got to light the candle on that,” Seacrest said.

    Mrs. Obama told the children she likes “This Christmas.” “Shake your hand, shake your hand,” she quoted from the song by Chris Brown.

    (One line in the song says, “Oh, shake a hand, shake a hand now.”)

    THEY YANKED DOWN COMENTS while I was there or at least my screen shows them gone

  6. twas the night before christmas and all through the house
    liberal heads were exploding, illegals turned south
    the lies against Trump were hung by the media with care
    in the hopes that their sheep viewers would be good and scared
    The leftists were shivering and shaking with dread
    Having to see their socialist dreams lying dead
    And the media in denial and spouting their crap
    Conservatives laughed and started to clap.

    Then from the prez hopefuls there arose such a clatter
    It was Donald J. Trump, he knew what did matter
    Away to the talk shows the media flew like a flash
    And Whoopi and Behar kept spouting their trash

    The truth from “alt-right” brought the fake media down low
    They’re probably down to a dozen viewers or so
    When what to my wondering eyes should appear
    But a man who wanted to restore our glory years

    With ideas to help again make us great
    Drain the swamp and get rid of the waste
    More rapid than eagles his decisions were clear
    He did more as elect than Obama in 8 years

    On Carson, on Sessions, on Mattis and Chao
    He picked the best instead of the hacks they have now.
    To the top of the Hill, He will build a wall
    And illegal criminals will be deported all

  7. Smoking Lamp says:

    It’s past time for antismoking hysteria to be scuttled. Smokers need to rise up and challenge tobacco control and the persecution of smokers.

  8. Jariel says:

    Sad – sad… I live in HUD housing for senior citizens and sometime next year, smoking will be banned in HUD housing all over the U.S.A. The only people who will be affected by this are those who live below the poverty level. Already two senior HUD apartments in my city have banned smoking, and there have been several evictions of elderly people who dared sneak a smoke in their own apartments. One woman who was evicted, a physically disabled woman in her 80s who was unable to walk all through the large building, around the property and across the street to a vacant lot to smoke, became homeless and died shortly after she was evicted.

    At my age, I am not willing to walk outside of my own apartment, for which I pay rent and utilities, to enjoy my morning coffee and cigarette, or my any-time cigarette, just because I am (due to a series of unfortunate life events) very poor and cannot afford to live anywhere else.

    And each property can, if they so desire, ban E-cigs. This is pure cruelty.

    My lungs are healthy. I heal from things like surgical incisions, tooth extractions, etc., remarkably quickly. I smoke because it relaxes me, and helps me from spiraling into major depression. The other elderly smokers who live here are physically healthier and more active – and a heck of a lot nicer and friendlier! – than the other residents, who spend their time staring at the TV, gossiping, and spreading mean rumors.

    So – I am distressed about this ban. I am hoping (beyond hope?) that it won’t happen.

    Judy

    • audreysilk says:

      Judy, C.L.A.S.H. is working on challenging HUD’s rule. Might need plaintiffs for a lawsuit if we have to go there. Would you be willing?

  9. The leftists are afraid White culture and traditions like santa smoking and the like will come back with Trump in as Prez!

  10. slugbop007 says:

    Michelle Obama should shut her big fat gob. I’m sure that she’s blackmailing her husband. No more nookie for you sweetie. He should have divorced her by now. Maybe he will after they move to new dwellings?

    slugbop007

  11. slugbop007 says:

    The nine meter notice on our front door is no longer there. I hope one of my neighbors tore it up and threw it in the garbage.

    The most discarded item in my part of town to be seen on the sidewalks I walk down is not the cigarette butt, it’s chewing gum. Thousands of white splotches of discarded chewing gum stuck to the pavement. This past summer the City of Montreal actually hired a young man to scrape up all the gum with some sort of portable steam/scraping device. I watched him while he worked. It took him about an hour to scrape up a square meter’s worth of gum. Very amusing.

    Someone should send Ms Obama a postcard from the North Pole telling her that he, Father Christmas, still enjoys his evening pipe.

    slugbop007

  12. waltc says:

    Don’t know if my late-night entries here get read but

    Slugbop:
    well, as long as the sign is down, people can claim they never saw it and carry on as usual.👿 But for the long run: of the 120, how many are smokers? Can you get together and organize against this, or at the least, organize a series of smoke-ins in front of the door? Thirty or so people blatantly flouting the rule could present a problem to management. You could even try to interest any friendly press for the first of these events. Great human interest story. And Management’s not likely to do a mass eviction but, instead, come to terms. They only succeed with these bans because smokers roll over.

    Is smoking banned in apartments? If not, the smokers might have a traveling bingo game in each others apartments and boycott the larger one. That, too, could have an impact.

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