The Best Laid Plans

These days, I tend to see smoking bans as something that first started in the UK on 1 July 2007.

But actually there have been smoking bans gradually being rolled out in the UK for many decades. I can’t remember when smoking got banned on the London Underground, but I’d guess it was sometime around 1970. I can’t remember when smoking got banned in UK cinemas, but I’d guess it was around 1985. And I’m fairly sure that tobacco advertising was banned in about 1990. And it was still possible to smoke during air flights in 1990 (because I remember doing so), so plane smoking bans must’ve come later.

The UK public smoking ban of 1 July 2007 was just another smoking ban in a long series of planned smoking bans. It wasn’t the first smoking ban, and it won’t be the last. For now we have hospital smoking bans gradually extending out of hospitals into their grounds, and then into the streets beyond. And in the UK, we’re seeing prison smoking bans being quietly implemented (if prison riots are ever “quiet”). And we’ve had car smoking bans. And “plain packaging” which intensifies the war on smoking. And there are beach smoking bans, and park smoking bans, and smoking bans around schools. Pretty soon there will be outdoor smoking bans (e.g. No Smoking While Walking). And home smoking bans (Audrey Silk in NYC is running a Go Fund Me lawsuit against a HUD home smoking ban). At some point, when smoking has been banned everywhere, tobacco will be made illegal, and smoking a pipe or a cigar will be as criminal an offence as smoking pot or opium.

And it’s not just in the UK that this is happening. It’s happening all over the world. It’s happening all over Europe. It’s happening in the USA. It’s happening in Russia. It’s happening in China. It’s happening in India. It’s global. In some places the plan is well-advanced, and in others less so.

It’s a global plan. A long term global plan. And it’s being run out of global organisations  which usually have “World” or something similar somewhere in their names. e.g. World Health Organisation, United Nations, European Union, etc.

And many of them came into existence at around about the same time. The World Health Organisation came into existence on 7 April 1948. The World Bank in 1944. The United Nations on 24 October 1945. The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF aka the chiiiiiildren) 11 December 1946. The European Coal and Steel Community was inaugurated in 1950, and metamorphosed into the European Economic Community (EEC) with the Treaty of Rome in 1957, and the European Union (EU) in 1993. And there are probably lots more of them.

And they’ve all been slowly growing for the past 70 years, and very gradually becoming more and more powerful and influential.

And they were all planning organisations with very long term plans. And without doubt it was always the very long term plan of the WHO to rid the world of tobacco. Can it be entirely accidental that 1948 was not only the year in which the WHO was created, but also Richard Doll and Bradford Hill in the UK, and Wynder and Graham (and also another couple of researchers) in the USA, somehow or other got funded to explore the association between smoking and lung cancer, with all three of them dutifully making the association, and producing reports in the same year, 1950?

For the very long term tobacco plan was, firstly, to discover that smoking caused lung  cancer, and have the world’s medical professions (the WHO) – most notably the US Surgeon General with his report of January 11, 1964 –  step in behind what had become a new “scientific consensus”, and then to gradually make this medical consensus the consensus in all governments, all mainstream media organisations, and throughout the whole of society. And at the same time start to gradually roll out one piecemeal smoking ban after another, year after year, decade after decade.

And over the course of a century or more, it would amount to a revolution. It wasn’t going to be sudden revolution like the French revolution or the Russian revolution: it was going to be a very slow revolution. It was going to be a revolution that proceeded so slowly that nobody would notice it was happening, and absolutely everybody would become swept along with it. And at the end of it, society everywhere would have been transformed into a tobacco-free, alcohol-free, fat-free, meat-free, chocolate-free, sugar-free utopia. And that was just the lifestyle revolution that was going to be introduced. Because the new world was also going to be coal-free, oil-free, carbon-free, car-free: it was all going to run on windmills. And everything was going to be planned.

These days it’s called globalism or globalisation or the New World Order. A century ago it was called socialism or communism or eugenics. But who cares what it’s called? It always boils down to a centrally-planned, top-down controlled, highly-regulated society from which all freedom has been extirpated.

Of course, not everything goes according to plan. The Labour government that was elected in 1945 inaugurated the Welfare State and the NHS (5 July 1948). The welfare state was a planned economy, or what was then called a “mixed economy” – half-planned, half-free enterprise. But the British people rapidly had enough of it, and re-elected Winston Churchill’s Conservative government in 1951. And then in 1979 they elected Margaret Thatcher, who set about dismantling and selling the planned, nationalised industries that had been taken into public ownership in 1945. But by that time Britain was mired in the EEC (soon to become the EU), and the fight against top-down state control had shifted to a European arena, bringing new politicians like Nigel Farage in UKIP, and the shock Brexit vote in 2016.

One might say that the greatest defeat the planners suffered was the demise of the Soviet Union circa 1990. For here was a state-controlled, centrally-planned society that had been in existence for over 70 years, and had become a global superpower. But by the time it collapsed, there were no communists left in Russia: everyone had become completely disillusioned. And where Russians first went, the Chinese will soon follow.

One might say that all politics everywhere, for the past century or more, has been one long struggle between regimented, planned societies and chaotic, anarchic, free societies. And this struggle is currently the most intense in the USA, whose president is almost the personal embodiment of chaotic, anarchic, free enterprise, and who is facing an entrenched political establishment that is as old as the UN and the World Bank and UNESCO, all of which were founded in the United States 70 years ago. The same struggle is now coming to a head in the EU, this time between the peoples of the nation states of Europe and the central, top-down controlling, Soviet-style, EU superstate.

The same political struggle is also found in global warming/climate change alarmism, which is being run by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and which has been following in the footsteps of Tobacco Control in first producing a “scientific consensus” showing that carbon dioxide causes global warming, and having it adopted by all global mainstream media organisations, and all governments, and become an accepted fact for millions of ordinary people, before beginning to roll out bans and restrictions and regulations on all sorts of products and procedures and processes.

Where does it end? Maybe it never ends. Maybe it’s one of those struggles that goes on and on and on and on forever, with the planners gaining ascendancy at one time, losing it in another. And right now, despite the demise of the Soviet Union as the standard-bearer of the planned society, the planners are nevertheless in ascendancy almost everywhere in the world (including Russia, which now also has smoking bans). The “Deep State” was not the KGB or SMERSH or OGPU. Nor is it now the CIA and the NSA and the FBI. Nor even is it MI5 or the SIS or GCHQ.  The Deep State is not restricted to any one country. It is global in character. And its truest representatives are to be found in the lavishly government-funded UN, the WHO, and almost every other global organisation (including recently co-opted ones like Greenpeace).

If there was any historical organisation of similar international scale and power to be found in history, it was perhaps The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon, also known as the Knights Templar, prior to their dissolution in 1312.

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11 Responses to The Best Laid Plans

  1. M. Cooper says:

    I think the whole smoking/tobacco ban movement will grind to a halt when the wealthy and powerful individuals, like Bloomberg and Gates, who bankroll and support it finally die.
    Governments around the world have far more important concerns, but they can’t get financial support for those so they go where the money is.

    • Frank Davis says:

      Would that it was just Bloomberg and Gates who are supplying all the money.

      They’re not the real culprits. The money to persecute smokers is largely being raised from the smokers themselves. It’s a self-funding persecution. It only ends when there are no smokers left. And then it gets applied to drinkers, fatties, etc, etc.

      I think that Gates and Bloomberg are probably only pulled into 3rd world countries where not much money can be raised from poor people in this manner, and so other methods are needed.

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  4. waltc says:

    I’m not sure if the chicken or the egg came first–a global plot to end smoking that spawned the first “causes cancer” studies or if the studies spawned the plot– but by the mid 70’s it WAS a global plot and when the plotters saw that the threat of cancer wasn’t working fast enough and far enough, they cannily invented (see Godber’s famous quote) secondhand smoke. Without which: no vilification, no bans, and far more contemporary smokers.

    You’re right t hat since the end of ww2 when totalitarianism, at least of the right, lost on the battlefield, it’s been incrementally winning in the chambers of western government. In the planned global utopia, the individual is reduced to an irrelevant cog in the great machine, and so is the nation, with nationalism made into a dirty word. (If Brexit is defeated by temporizing pols, it may prove for all time–or at least this swath of it–how irrelevant nations and the will of their people actually are against the will of the machine.) The machine itself may well be the Wizard of Oz–merely an old guy in a basement with a megaphone–but for now its power seems pretty much unstoppable (just as we haven’t stopped the persecution of smokers).

    A few days ago, I brought up universal income which I think would be a disaster and the final key to complete control of the cogs. But I also wonder how it fits with Idle Theory. It’s not the “idle hands/devils workshop” thing that hits me (though it well may be so) but the fact that w/o any constructive purpose, any tangible accomplishment (even “I collected all the garbage on 10th Street” or “filed all the L’s” or, “Rolled the boulder 4 inches before it rolled back”) most people would go insane. Only a small percentage have the interest or aptitude to be assuaged by study or art and the majority, as now, would be left with sitcom marathons or the ultimate pointlessness and waning satisfaction of nothing but sex, drugs and rock n roll. So I wonder how you see it.

    • garyk30 says:

      “but sex, drugs and rock n roll”

      There were some very good times dedicated to that lifestyle!! :)

    • Frank Davis says:

      Lots of questions there.

      Universal income looks to me like money for nothing, and I suspect it would be inflationary.

      Not sure how it would lead to complete control, though I can see why it might.

      How does it fit with Idle Theory being “w/o any constructive purpose”? I see what you mean, I think. And that is that we’re currently all being given constructive purposes – usually in the form of a job of some sort – all our lives. But we’re perfectly able to give ourselves constructive purposes in our own idle time. Pretty much all my time is idle time these days, and I use it to write my blog, and develop computer simulation models, and think about stuff, as well as meet up and talk with people occasionally. I don’t need anyone to tell me what to do. And I don’t much like people telling me what to do. So I personally am completely at ease with having lots of idle time. It’s what I’ve always wanted.

      In addition, life never stays idle for very long. Sooner or later something happens, and people need to get busy. That’s to say that constructive purposes will arrive of their own accord. e.g. Kilauea in Hawaii. And maybe a new ice age in a thousand years from now.

      And do only a few people have interest and aptitude? I think most people enjoy playing games like football and chess. Almost everybody I’ve ever known was like that. And some of them got to be very good at them.

      I’ll maybe try and write something about universal income. And money. As seen from the point of view of Idle Theory.

  5. smokingscot says:

    I’m glad you’ve mentioned Greenpeace. They were so very good when they were on about seal culls and that sort of thing.

    What I could never forgive them for was when they unilaterally decided to dispatch a monitoring device and some paid professionals to Kuwait during that dreadful period when the Kuwaitis were trying to stop those well head fires started when Iraqi troops retreated.

    The place was in utter chaos, Red Adair and his guys were risking life and limb to put them out using bulldozers with Heath Robinson extensions and explosives. A layer of oil covered the desert floor for hundreds of square miles and the smoke from those fires were visible for hundreds of miles.

    So Greenpeace monitors air quality and says it’s not good enough, doesn’t meet world health standards and knocks the Kuwaiti government (operating out of pock marked buildings)!!

    Then they get all pouty and appeal for public support when the Kuwaitis kick them out the country.

    Now they’re so into bed with the global warmers and thus consensus science that’s loved by the establishment it’s unreal.

    Same could be said of several big name charities. Many have been co-opted and I’d say the most glaring example is our very own Cancer Research UK. Far more money to be made (from the public and – via “research or project finance” – the government), through finding ways to hit out at lifestyle choices, rather than raw research. But they are very good indeed at coat-tailing genuine breakthroughs made in other countries.

    This lady does a pretty good job of what devious things they’re capable of:

    Rather nice turn of phrase the Knights Templar “dissolution in 1312”. In truth the poor beggars were slagged off for all manner of naughties, ranging from buggery, witchcraft, initiation rituals, devil worship and much else. All complete fabrications. Then when the King of France deemed the public were sufficiently softened up, he arranged for the whole lot to be tortured, forced to confess. However the chief honcho and his immediate subordinates, well they were given the honour of being burned at the stake, using thick, damp wood so it’d last a whole lot longer.

    Chief honcho didn’t finch, shouted encouragement to his fellows, who were being given the same treatment. I believe it took the better part of 15 minutes before they passed. Despite his very old age the Boss Man was last to be consumed. At the end he made several predictions to the King and sure enough, they all came to pass.

    What really spooked people who were watching was the old guy was quite literally cooking right up to his waist, yet his eyes were dazzling and his voice strong and clear – and carried over the hubbub of the huge assembly.

    So yes that’s one way of “dissolution”.

    Moral? Don’t get too rich and powerful.

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