One thing about the modern world that puzzles me a lot is this: How come, given the truly astonishing communication technology we’ve got these days, that governments everywhere seem to be more and more out of touch with the people they govern?
Why is the EU out of touch with the peoples of Europe? Why was the UK parliament and all the media political pundits so out of touch with the British people that they never saw Brexit coming? Why were all the US politicians and media political pundits so out of touch with the American people that they never saw Donald Trump coming?
As one of over 10 million British smokers who were “exiled to the outdoors” on 1 July 2007, and who have remained there ever since, why do I never get the sense that the UK parliament and the UK mass media have any idea at all that there are a heck of a lot of angry smokers out there? Sure, some of them know. Nigel Farage knows. And maybe a handful of other MPs know. And one or two political commentators too. But apart from that, nobody knows. And nobody’s much interested.
I write this blog, and I’ve used it to make contact with lots of other smokers all over the world, and lots of other bloggers too. But I haven’t been able to get in contact with any UK political party, or any politicians, or any mainstream media outlets. None of them read my blog, as far as I know. They seem to belong to an entirely separate universe.
I firmly believe that one day all these governments and political parties and mainstream media outlets will one day discover that there are lots of angry smokers everywhere. But they haven’t done so yet. Why are they so blind?
Or is it that the governments and political parties and media actually do know perfectly well that there are lots of angry smokers around, but just ignore them anyway? They’ll pay attention to blacks and gays and Islamic fundamentalists. But they’ll ignore smokers and drinkers and fat people. Because they’re not a recognised minority.
Or is it that they don’t know that there are a lot of angry smokers around, and they don’t know because they only ever talk to other politicians and lobbyists and media pundits inside what amounts to a closed bubble from which all ordinary people – never mind smokers – are excluded?
Perhaps the simplest explanation is that planned, top-down-controlling, administrative states have no interest in listening to anybody. They are instead really only interested in telling people what they should think. And that’s the job of the mainstream media. The new communication technologies – the internet, Facebook, Twitter, mobile phones, etc – are a growing nuisance for top-down thought control. It was only recently that Obama was talking about the good old days when there were only three TV channels which everybody trusted. There’s more and more talk about “fake news”, and getting back control, and closing down outfits like the Drudge Report, Infowars, ZeroHedge, etc, because they’ve become too influential, and people have ceased trusting the MSM. One of Donald Trump’s many crimes has been to extensively use Twitter for instant communication with his millions of followers, without going through the MSM. That’s to say that he’s been using the new media very effectively. Too effectively, some people would say.
Yes, we have the technology for instant democracy (assuming it can be made so secure that it can’t be hacked). There could be continuous online polling of everybody about everything. Public opinion could be monitored from day to day, hour to hour. If some politician in parliament or senate says something at 10 am, what the whole world thinks of it could be known by 11 am. And we are very, very slowly moving towards something like that.
But if you’re a top-down controller who wants to control and manipulate public opinion, you will have no interest whatsoever in such technology. It simply doesn’t fit into any sort of command chain. It’s quite antithetical.
Top-down control, I increasingly think, is largely a matter of getting gigantic lies installed in the public mind as unquestionable truths. I think that everything that is said about tobacco is just one gigantic lie. Same for what is said about most drugs. Alcohol too. Global warming/climate change in another gigantic fabrication. There are probably lots more Big Lies out there. The purpose of all these lies is to change people’s wants, needs, expectations, so that they don’t resist the plans that the planners wish to implement – which as far as I can see entail the impoverishment and enslavement of everybody (except for the controllers at the top) as they close down industrial civilisation and put everyone on a diet of oatmeal.