I don’t like Tobacco Control because they’re trying to control people. And I have an instant aversion to anyone who is trying to control me. I hate it. And so I hate Tobacco Control. And I work for its complete and absolute destruction.
But perhaps all political struggles are always between actual or would-be controllers and those they are trying to control. It’s always the same everywhere, all the time. The controllers just appear in different guises in different places and different times. They appear as kings and emperors and dictators, or bureaucrats and judges and sergeant majors. And they’re always ordering people around. And the people are always revolting.
Pretty much all our current political movements are liberation struggles against control of one sort or other. Feminism is about overthrowing the control of women by men. Gay rights movements are about freeing people from restrictive sexual controls. Black liberation movements are about overthrowing the control of black people by white people. And my struggle with Tobacco Control is about overthrowing the control of smokers by antismokers.
And if we’re not struggling to escape from control, we’re struggling to gain control. The global warming campaign is one of trying to take control of planet Earth, and prevent its atmosphere overheating. Environmentalists are pretty much the most controlling people around: they want to control everything.
And the controllers and the controlled frequently exchange places, as slaves become emperors, and emperors become slaves.
My generation – the post-war boomer generation – started out in revolt against control, and ended up being the most controlling of controllers. Tobacco Control is full up with people from the boomer generation. They smoked pot when they were young, but now they’re stopping people smoking tobacco.
Their 60s counterculture has now become the superculture. Its dogmas gradually hardened into a Political Correctness which is oppressive as any Islamic fundamentalism. The dogmas of Political Correctness grew out of a consensus of opinion rather than any particular logic. Some things were deemed “acceptable”, and others were deemed “unacceptable”. And somewhere down the line smoking tobacco became unacceptable, while smoking pot remained acceptable. And that was probably because the old superculture that they were trying to counter was a tobacco culture, while the counterculture was a pot culture (at least to start with). The drug wars that were launched against the 60s counterculture are now being waged against the old white, male, Christian, tobacco-smoking superculture that the counterculture replaced.
But now there is a revolt brewing against the counterculture-turned-superculture. Another counterculture is emerging. People like Hillary Clinton have probably regarded themselves all their lives as fighting for the liberties of blacks and women and gays and various other minorites. And now we’re fighting to liberate ourselves from people like Hillary Clinton. Because blacks and women and gays have achieved liberation. They did so 30 or 40 years ago. It may not have been complete liberation, but it was a great improvement. And now it’s a different bunch of people who are seeking liberation, and Hillary Clinton is a throwback to a past era. It’s Donald Trump who has a much better grasp of present-day mood of America. That’s why he got elected President, and not her.
The growing revolt against the EU is another revolt against control. At one time I saw the European Economic Community (as it was named back then) as a sort of happy family of nation states. But when it became the European Union it began to metamorphose into a European superstate with its command-and-control centre in Brussels. For me the turning point came when the European parliament voted for a European smoking ban, complete with show trials for prominent dissenters. At that point the EU became something to escape from. And that’s why I voted for Brexit last year.
Most politicians are controllers. Governments exercise control. And so most politicians who work in government are by nature controllers. So also are most civil servants who do the majority of the governments work. The entire European political class is made up of controlling people who have gravitated naturally towards the EU control centre in Brussels. When a control freak like Tony Blair (who as Prime Minister introduced the UK smoking ban) left office, he then of course tried to become an EU president.
The European political class isn’t fully aware of the growing revolt against them throughout Europe. They’re all Hillary Clintons, and they’ve spent their lives fighting for much the same freedom as she did, and have now become as oppressive and dictatorial as she is, and as unaware of it as she is. The European Union which was originally formed to prevent another disastrous European war now looks set to cause a new one, as it attempts to exert central control over its subject states:
The European Union’s (EU) unelected executive branch has given the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland one month to back down and start admitting migrants from the Middle East and North Africa or face legal consequences.
The migrant relocation scheme was forced through the European Parliament in September 2015, regardless as to whether all nations and their populations agreed.
The next few decades of European history now look set to see attempts by one European state after another to break out of the European Union as disenchantment with its centralised top down control mounts. The European dream is turning into nightmare.