I was thinking last night, not for the first time, that Tobacco Control’s global scale attempt at social engineering is bound to fail because “society” doesn’t exist as a monolithic entity that can be steered in one direction or other like a car or a truck.

What’s going to happen instead is that society is going to disintegrate. Some of it will go in the direction that TC wants, but much of it won’t. Some of it will head off in completely new directions.

In fact I think that society already has disintegrated. For that has been my personal experience. Ten years or so ago, I had a wide circle of friends some of whom I’d known for almost 40 years. That’s all gone now. The principal blow came with the 2007 smoking ban which “exiled me to the outdoors” and removed the pubs that I’d used to meet up with people (I was never a home entertainer).

But the division was exacerbated when increasing numbers of former friends introduced their own home smoking bans. And when they did that, it signalled the end. They may as well have become Muslims or transgender Hare Krishna chanters.

Case in point: A family I’d known since my student days back in the 60s. The paterfamilias had been one of my lecturers, and after he left the university I got to know him and his wife and daughters. I was a regular visitor at their house. He died sometime around 2000, but I carried on visiting the family, even after they’d moved. But then one day, sometime in 2010 or so, when I arrived to visit them, having driven 50 miles or more, I was greeted with the news that now, for the first time in the entire 40+ year history of knowing them, they had banned smoking in their house. I experienced this just like a punch in the stomach, jerking forward in the seat in which I’d just sat down. Apart from that I was greeted as kindly and affectionately as I had ever been, and I was plied with tea. Fortunately, it was a warm sunny day in summer, and we could sit outside, so I sat outside with them, intermittently smoking, and talking about this and that, like we always did. But I knew that this was going to be the last time I ever saw them. I knew that I would never be coming back. For I was really no longer welcome there. Later that evening, when I finally said goodbye to them, it was not au revoir, but adieu. Our ways had finally parted.

I used to have similar experiences back in the 1970s and 80s when people I knew would announce that they’d joined some modern cult like the Orange Order or Subud. Overnight, they would become strangers, and I’d drift away from them. I have next to no time for cults of any sort. And when I met up with a very old friend who I’d not seen for 10 years, and learned that he had joined some outfit called the Emissaries of the Divine Light, I experienced a familiar sinking feeling.

And in many ways the antismokers strike me as belonging to another cult exactly like any of these. But the antismoking cult seems to have absorbed far greater numbers of people than any of these lesser cults ever managed to do. The other cults usually entailed chanting or incense or something, but the antismoking cult doesn’t seem to have any rituals or induction ceremonies. People seem to just wake up one day, and they’ve become antismokers, and obsessed with health.

Much the same seems to happen with the Anthropogenic Global Warming cult, which also seems to entail a sudden conversion experience. One day they don’t believe it; next day they do. And there’s really no rhyme or reason to it. Last week I found out that my former Ph.D. tutor, as sound as solid a man who ever lived, and who had even once become a university professor, had drunk the AGW Kool-Aid.

It’s just like Invasion of the Body-Snatchers. Or the Masque of the Red Death.

I wonder if one day I’ll wake up and find that I’ve got the bug too, and the symptomatic spots and buboes have begun to appear all over me. It doesn’t seem to have happened yet.

These new cults all seem to have some sort of Science associated with them. It all looks quite plausible. There are tables and charts and graphs. Sometimes there are even equations. But all concerned are zealots in one way or other. They all start with a conclusion (e.g. smoking kills, or CO2 warms), and then hunt around for evidence supporting the conclusion. Anyone who demurs is a denier or a denialist.

And another feature of the new cults is that they often (usually?) have government backing and government funding, like the windmill cult or the solar panel cult. And this shouldn’t be a surprise, given that politicians are as gullible as anybody else.

Anyway, my experience is not that the Tobacco Control cult is succeeding in changing society, but only in dividing it. And what we are seeing is an increasingly fractured society in which the divisions are only deepening. For the more cultish the cults become, the more entrenched I become in rejecting them. I no longer watch TV or read newspapers. I no longer want to know. Nor do I ever want to talk to cult members.

Nor am I interested in trying to convert anyone. For it seems that once people have caught the bug of antismoking or global warming or whatever, they never seem to recover their senses. And they’re never going to win over me, however many antismoking messages they put on tobacco packs.

I’m afraid that it’s simply going to have to run its course, like any other plague. Just yesterday, Chris Snowdon was reporting that the Supreme Court has declared minimum pricing legal on the grounds that

free trade doesn’t matter if a policy is designed to protect ‘health and life’…

which really just means that the Supreme Court has fallen under the spell of the Health cult (of which the antismoking cult is a sub-cult).

This should be no surprise given that when the Ministry of Justice responded to my letter to my MP protesting against prison smoking bans, it made no mention whatsoever of any considerations of justice, but only considerations of health.

What happens when a society collectively loses its marbles? Well, we’re going to soon find out. It’s unlikely to be anything pleasant.

And I think there are going to be increasingly strong attempts to regain control as the collective madness acquires further momentum. There may even be a military coup. How else do you regain control of the Supreme Court and the Ministry of Justice and the BBC? Politics is going to become the Sane versus the Mad. It has more or less become that anyway. It’ll also likely become a struggle between radical town and conservative country. If Britain does (somehow) manage to achieve Brexit, I can well imagine some radical London mayor declaring London to be an independent state allied with the EU, with roadblocks set up around the M25 orbital motorway. Social and cultural disintegration will lead to geographical disintegration

And not just here in the UK, but everywhere else as well. It may be that in Catalonia we have just witnessed the first of many attempts by radical local governments to split off from a conservative central government.

The EU, I feel sure, is going to disintegrate. The centrifugal forces that are building up inside it, between radicals and conservatives, are only going to get stronger, and the rivalries more intense. There are going to be more Catalonias, and more Brexits. And if the UK doesn’t actually manage Brexit, there will anyway soon cease to be an EU that anyone remains a member of.

My only hope is that the mounting disorder won’t include forced collective gymnastic exercises and death camps filled with smokers. Or that I won’t live to see them.

And I also hope that I can begin to re-unite a few smokers with kindred spirits. For in a time of deepening division and disintegration it will become more and more important to hold together with those with whom one still can. This seems to matter more to me than anything else at all.

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29 Responses to Disintegration

  1. Frank, I see the anti smoking, new health-ists, new feminists, anti men, pro porn, LBGTQ, secularism, breakdown of marriage, the education system, gay ‘marriage’, gender assignment, Snowflakes, invasion of immigrants in Europe and such trends as ONE THING. It is a political movement intent on breaking down/weakening society. It’s the end of the west’s old idea of ‘freedom’ with a kind of ‘1984’ totalitarianism replacing it. Unless we wake up, we are done for. But the brainwashing is very embedded already. I think we have lived through the golden age…..

    • Frank Davis says:

      That’s pretty much my view too. And all being run by a radical, pro-EU political class.

    • nisakiman says:

      I have to agree with you. I’m not into conspiracy theories, but it looks to me as if we’re already well down the path laid out by the Frankfurt School of thought.

      Basically, the Frankfurt School believed that as long as an individual had the belief – or even the hope of belief – that his divine gift of reason could solve the problems facing society, then that society would never reach the state of hopelessness and alienation that they considered necessary to provoke socialist revolution. Their task, therefore, was as swiftly as possible to undermine the Judaeo-Christian legacy. To do this they called for the most negative destructive criticism possible of every sphere of life which would be designed to de-stabilize society and bring down what they saw as the ‘oppressive’ order. Their policies, they hoped, would spread like a virus—‘continuing the work of the Western Marxists by other means’ as one of their members noted.

      To further the advance of their ‘quiet’ cultural revolution – but giving us no ideas about their plans for the future – the School recommended (among other things):

      1. The creation of racism offences.
      2. Continual change to create confusion
      3. The teaching of sex and homosexuality to children
      4. The undermining of schools’ and teachers’ authority
      5. Huge immigration to destroy identity.
      6. The promotion of excessive drinking
      7. Emptying of churches
      8. An unreliable legal system with bias against victims of crime
      9. Dependency on the state or state benefits
      10. Control and dumbing down of media
      11. Encouraging the breakdown of the family

      One of the main ideas of the Frankfurt School was to exploit Freud’s idea of ‘pansexualism’ – the search for pleasure, the exploitation of the differences between the sexes, the overthrowing of traditional relationships between men and women. To further their aims they would:

      • attack the authority of the father, deny the specific roles of father and mother, and wrest away from families their rights as primary educators of their children.
      • abolish differences in the education of boys and girls
      • abolish all forms of male dominance – hence the presence of women in the armed forces
      • declare women to be an ‘oppressed class’ and men as ‘oppressors’
      Munzenberg summed up the Frankfurt School’s long-term operation thus: ‘We will make the West so corrupt that it stinks.’

      The School believed there were two types of revolution: (a) political and (b) cultural. Cultural revolution demolishes from within. ‘Modern forms of subjection are marked by mildness’. They saw it as a long-term project and kept their sights clearly focused on the family, education, media, sex and popular culture.


      • Smoking Lamp says:

        I agree, the healthiest elite are the new Bolsheviks. They seek to radically restructure society and lifestyle control is their preferred means. Tear down all that came before in name of equality and health. Suppress dissent through “any means necessary” as the New Left characterized it. Liberties are no longer important because the vanguard has all the answers. If you disagree there is a place for you in the Gulag. Even those that disagree with the current popular line of though can be eradicated: just as Trotsky.

        • Smoking Lamp says:

          Should have read healthist; spell check keeps changing it, but it’s a nice sarcastic touch–especially since so-called ‘smoking related diseases are on the rise among never-smokers!

        • Joe L. says:

          Funny, but you’ve made me realize the evolution of spell-checking mirrors the evolution of the contemporary puritan movement.

          Lifestyle Controllers have gone from simply telling the public what they believe is “bad for them” or “wrong,” to lobbying governments in order to create laws and regulations with which to force people to change their behaviors (because we’re all too stupid to live properly).

          Similarly, spell-checkers have progressed from innocently and helpfully highlighting unrecognized words so as to suggest potential errors, to the “autocorrect” of today which intrusively changes your words without your approval to “accepted” or “sanctioned” words that they assume you meant to type (because we’re all too stupid to know how to spell properly).

        • Cunning thought Joe. What about ‘predictive text’ that tells us what we are trying to say/think before we do?

        • Frank Davis says:

          WordPress has a spellchecker, but it’s not intrusive. It doesn’t change anything. But what’s to stop them (if they want to) not just correcting spelling, but correcting my content as well. So “Tobacco Control Must Be Destroyed” would be corrected to “Tobacco Control Must Be Defended.” Politically incorrect statements would be corrected to become politically correct ones. Nobody would be able to express a dissenting opinion, because it would be auto-corrected.

        • Joe L. says:

          The spell-checker isn’t built in to WordPress, Frank, but rather is a feature of the browser you use to write your posts.

          “Autocorrect” started as a feature of mobile phones, due to the difficulty of typing with your thumbs. However, recent versions of PC software such as Outlook and Word will now change unrecognized words to similar recognized words after you press the spacebar, much like mobile phone keyboards will, without any warning.

          It’s not far-fetched, especially with the current rise of Artificial Intelligence, that we could see “content correction” in the near future. Scary thought; very Orwellian.

        • Frank Davis says:

          Are you sure about that? WordPress used to have an option in its dashboard for American English as well as British English. I had the impression that they then removed the British English option.

          Maybe there are rival spellcheckers at work?

        • Joe L. says:

          I don’t have a WordPress account, so I’m not sure what tools they provide bloggers, but for commenters, there is no built-in spell-checker, only the spell-checker built into your browser.

          It’s possible they provide extra tools for the owner of the blog. Which means there would be rival spell-checkers at work. Imagine having rival content-checkers at work…

        • Frank Davis says:

          Or rival translators… A translator, after all, is a sort of super-spellchecker. And in changing the language it not only changes all the spelling, but also changes the content as well (in my experience).

        • Frank Davis says:

          Actually, I’ve just noticed something that wordpress does which would seem to be wordpress-specific, and that is that it always makes “wordpress” use a capital W and a capital P. And there’s no arguing with it! I wonder what it does with variant spellings like werdpress of weirdpress or worldpress or wordexpress?

        • Frank Davis says:

          Doesn’t seem to have done it this time….

      • waltc says:

        They’ve hit every button except the “promotion of excessive drinking” though what they’ve done so far could certainly drive everyone to get plastered. The wonder is that enough people haven’t manned the barricades and yelled “Stop!”

        Terrific essay, Frank.

      • Nisakiman – I want to use this reply in a blog post on my Vapingpoint .blogger site – may I?

        • nisakiman says:

          Yes, of course. Most of it is just copy / pasted from the link I put at the bottom, and it’s there for all to use.

      • Dmitri says:

        Funny, Nisakyman, but what you are describing is George Soros’ “Open society”, almost 100%. Soros today is a big friend of the Hillary faction in the Democratic party and propagates the ideas you have just described in every country minus the ones which have declared him a threat for their societies.

  2. beobrigitte says:

    Just yesterday, Chris Snowdon was reporting that the Supreme Court has declared minimum pricing legal on the grounds that

    free trade doesn’t matter if a policy is designed to protect ‘health and life’…

    I do have a little problem with that. I have not asked for such “protection”.

    • Tony says:

      Yes, as a number of people found when bans were coming in, the courts believe that ‘health’ trumps human rights. Historically, ‘public health’ was given the authority to override human rights in order to do things like imposing quarantines in time of plague. But they are now abusing this on a huge scale and must be brought to heel.

      • beobrigitte says:

        Historically, ‘public health’ was given the authority to override human rights in order to do things like imposing quarantines in time of plague.
        In 2014 the WHO didn’t do that (Ebola epidemic) until it’s big wigs had been to Moscow for COP6 – to wine and dine and to decide what cruelty they could dream up for vapers and smokers next. In secrecy, of course.

        Looks like the WHO follows it’s pattern:
        Looks like the WHO ist still preoccupied with smokers/vapers/snus/chewing tobacco:
        It looks like the WHO only opens emails/answers telephone from tobacco control?

        I finally have the key to bring back common sense into this tobacco control madness:
        The demand for TOTAL transparency! Decisions made affecting us all globally require the public having a say and questions answered.
        My first 3 are:
        How many death certificates state: Ebola
        How many death certificates state: Pneumonic plague?
        How many death certificates state: Smoker/ tobacco use?

        • beobrigitte says:

          I see, the WHO is doing what it does best: talk.
          A staggering 82 health workers have been struck down by the disease – about around four per cent of the total number of cases – according to latest figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

          The news has added to fears Madagascar’s health system will be left unable to cope as the outbreak continues to claim more victims.

          There are also fears the disease could develop a resistance to the antibiotics being used to treat victims, which would likely see the number of cases surge.

          According to the latest update from WHO, 346 healthcare providers “have been trained on infection prevention and control measures at various health facilities”.

          This is the most idiotic sentence in the article:
          Professor John Joe McFadden from the University of Surrey said: “Fortunately in plague, it has not developed much antibiotic resistance.
          Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said: “Three types in the current outbreak in Madagascar: the bubonic, pneumonic and septicemic plague.
          “What makes this outbreak exceptional is the wide occurrence of the most lethal form of plague, the pneumonic plague that is also the only form that spreads from human to human.”

          We do read WHO a lot in this report, however, that is all. We do not know what the WHO is doing about it. Is there another COP to invent more cruelty to smokers/vapers/snus-/chewing tobacco users upcoming? If yes, we KNOW…….

  3. Joe L. says:

    OT: Oh, the irony.

    Heart attack strikes American Heart Association president

    The president of the American Heart Association, Dr. John Warner, had a minor heart attack Monday during the organization’s scientific conference taking place in Anaheim, California, according to a press release.

    Warner, CEO of UT Southwestern University Hospitals in Dallas, was taken to a local hospital where doctors inserted a stent to open a clogged artery. Warner is recovering and doing well, according to the Heart Association.
    Prior to the attack, the 52-year-old practicing cardiologist delivered a Sunday speech where he talked about the effects of heart disease on his family. Both his father and his father’s father had heart bypass surgery while in their 60s, he told the audience. He also lost his maternal grandfather and a great grandfather to heart disease.

    “After my son was born and we were introducing him to his extended family, I realized something very disturbing: There were no old men on either side of my family. None,” he told his audience. “All the branches of our family tree cut short by cardiovascular disease.”

    So the president of the American Heart Association, a cardiologist himself, suffered a heart attack one day after giving a speech about the genetic predisposition of his family to heart disease.

    If this isn’t a wake up call to those who believe the lies of the Healthists, I don’t know what is.

    • Joe L. says:

      Research findings that can’t be replicated may end up stalling medical progress.

      Good to see this getting more attention. This is another aspect of the perversion of science that I’ve been ranting on about for a while now.

      It is quite obvious that pseudoscience has been stunting actual scientific progress. The recent surge in “smoking-related” cancers among young never-smokers is clear evidence that real research isn’t being performed because of “settled” yet unreplicable studies that have been accepted as gospel. Thanks for this, Walt.

  4. Rose says:

    Having read Kin-Free’s post again I was reminded of the World 1 mustard gassed soldiers and their gassed army doctors of which, as far as I know, Richard Doll made no mention.

    A much later study ,which though very small, echos the youth of the the non-smokers with lung cancer appearing in the news papers over the last few years.

    Iran – Iraq War

    Mustard gas exposure and carcinogenesis of lung.


    Demographic information and tumor specimens were collected from 20 Iranian male lung cancer patients with single high-dose SM exposures during the Iran-Iraq War. Formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded lung cancers were analyzed by immunohistochemistry for p53 protein. In addition, DNA was extracted from the tissues, PCR amplified and sequenced to identify mutations in the p53 and KRAS genes associated with SM exposure.

    A relatively early age of lung cancer onset (ranging from 28 to 73 with a mean of 48) in mustard gas victims, particularly those in the non-smoking population (mean age of 40.7), may be an indication of a unique etiology for these cancers. Seven of the 20 patients developed lung cancer before the age of 40. Five of 16 cancers from which DNA sequence data was obtainable provided information on eight p53 mutations (within exons 5-8). These mutations were predominately G to A transitions; a mutation consistent with the DNA lesion caused by SM. Two of the lung cancers had multiple p53 point mutations, similar to results obtained from factory workers chronically exposed to mustard agent. No mutations were detected in the KRAS gene.

    The distinguishing characteristics of lung carcinogenesis in these mustard gas victims suggest that a single exposure may increase the risk of lung cancer development in some individuals.”

    Almost as if cause and effect had been turned on their heads.

  5. margo says:

    All very, very interesting, Great to have so much useful information and comment in one place.

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