I’ve been looking for an antismoking video which shows a smoker being punched repeatedly by an invisible assailant. I’ve seen it several times. It’s probably somewhere in the comments of this blog. But I haven’t found it yet. (But Clicky now has)
What I did find was the 10:10 No Pressure video which is the equivalent from the Global Warming/Climate Change zealots. In it, in the opening section, a classroom of children is encouraged – “No pressure!” – by their teacher to adopt environmentally friendly measures of one sort or other. Several of the children declare that they will do so. But several others indicate that they have no intention of doing anything. At the end of the class, the teacher presses a button on her desk, and the recalcitrant children are blown to pieces in their seats, splattering all the others with blood and gore.
The video caused a storm of protest, and was hurriedly withdrawn. But why was it made in the first place? And what was so thoroughly nasty about it?
The second question is perhaps easiest to answer, and it is that “No Pressure” is a lie, and in fact the children are under maximum pressure to conform to the environmentalist restrictions being asked of them: they are being told to conform or die. The message is: “Do as we demand, or we will kill you.”
And the answer to the first question, of why this video was ever made, must be that the people who made it were people of absolute and unlimited violence, who wished to inform the world: “Do as we demand, or we will kill you.” And to them it seemed perfectly natural to get their way by using absolute and unlimited violence. And so they spent months making their exquisitely-produced video, and were probably very surprised when it was met with such horror.
And for a great many people it must seem only natural to set out to get their way using unlimited violence if necessary. Bank robbers do it all the time. So do rapists. So do murderers. So does anyone who is prepared to use force to make people do as they wish.
Which brings me back to the other video: the smoker being punched by an invisible assailant. This was a video made by antismokers who wanted to punch smokers in their faces, and who saw nothing wrong in doing such a thing. Just like No Pressure, it was made by people of absolute and unlimited violence. Furthermore, the smoker who is being punched is not even being offered a choice. He’s not being told “Stop smoking or you’ll be repeatedly punched in the face.” He’s just being repeatedly punched in the face.
But aren’t smokers already being punched in the face, again and again, by invisible assailants? Aren’t they already being subjected to absolute and unlimited violence?
For the use of the force of law against anyone is ultimately the use of violence, or the threat of violence, against them. If you don’t do as we demand, we will rob you, beat you, imprison you, or kill you. And maybe we will even do all those things to you.
So when Britain’s smokers were “exiled to the outdoors” on 1 July 2007, they were driven out of their pubs by force, each one of them individually being repeatedly punched in the face by an invisible assailant. And so, given that there were some 13 million smokers in Britain at that time, every single one of them was punched in the face on the morning of 1 July 2007.
And that’s why I always remember that day, and will never forget it. I was punched in the face that day. And I’ve never been the same since. 10 years later, I’m still rubbing my black eye and my sore chin.
And what an act of unlimited violence it was, to have punched not one man in the face, but punched 13 million of them in the face, all at the same time!
No wonder Britain’s smokers have been reeling ever since. No wonder, 10 years later, I’m still reeling from that colossal blow – and wake up thinking about it every day.
But that Tobacco Control, the BMA, the RCP, and two thirds of the MPs in the House of Parliament, and any number of bureaucrats in the British government, were prepared to perform such a monumental act of violence against so many people really only goes to show that they were all people of absolute and unlimited violence. They were people just like the producers of the No Pressure video, and the punched smoker video.
I often think that all I need to know about anyone these days is whether or not they support smoking bans. For if they do, it means that they support the use of absolute and unlimited violence to achieve their goals. They have shown us what kind of people they are. They have demonstrated both their casual brutality, and their perfect contempt for other people.
The current leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, comes over as a soft-spoken man who probably wouldn’t hurt a fly. But as an MP he voted for the UK smoking ban, and therefore he is actually a man of absolute and unlimited violence. The Prime Minister at the time, Tony Blair, is clearly also a man of absolute and unlimited violence (we actually knew this already, when he took Britain into the Iraq war, which was another act of absolute and unlimited violence). One might say that all the 400 or so MPs who voted for the UK smoking ban in February 2006 were people of absolute and unlimited violence. Most of them were Labour and Lib Dem MPs, but there were quite a few Conservative MPs as well. The propensity to violence is not restricted to the political left.
And we might go on to say that Sir Charles George, then head of the BMA and BHF, who called for a public smoking ban in November 2004, was also a man of absolute and unlimited violence. But he was a surgeon who was regularly chopping up people, and perhaps such violence comes easily to such men.
And if none of these people ever expressed any interest in the 13 million smokers that they’d punched in the face on 1 July 2007, well, does any mugger ever care anything about those they have left for dead in a pool of blood on a street?
And if they’ve all acted, ever since that day, as if nothing had happened at all, then don’t murderers and rapists do exactly the same, as they leave the scene of their crime? You commit a crime, and then pretend it never happened.
And since these monstrous acts of violence are being inflicted on smokers in almost every country in the world, might we not say with certainty that the world is being governed by men (and women) of absolute and unlimited violence?
But was it not ever thus?