All over the world right now, smokers are being exiled to the outdoors. That is to say that, if they want to carry on smoking, they must stand outside in the cold and wet and the dark and dangerous. They can be seen everywhere, these outcasts.
And nobody says a word about it!
Nobody stands up and says: “This is wrong! This is no way to treat people! This must be stopped!”
Instead there’s dead silence.
The ostensible guardians of morality – the churches – say nothing. The Pope says nothing. The Archbishop of Canterbury says nothing. The Muslim mosques say nothing. The Jewish synagogues say nothing. Hindu and Buddhist temples say nothing.
And doctors says nothing. And lawyers say nothing. And police say nothing. And scientists say nothing. And newspapers say nothing.
And ‘Social Justice Warriors’ say nothing. And human rights activists say nothing. And Alex Jones says nothing. And Michael Savage says nothing. And Jordan Peterson says nothing.And Roger Scruton says nothing.
And Mick Jagger says nothing. And Keith Richards says nothing. And Paul McCartney says nothing. And Bruce Springsteen says nothing. And John Cleese says nothing. And Rowan Atkinson says nothing.
And because nobody ever says anything, the persecution of smokers only mounts higher. Smokers are now being exiled further and further outdoors. In many hospitals now, smokers must not just go outside to smoke, but must leave the hospital grounds entirely, hobbling with catheters to the distant gates. It’s absolutely obscene.
And smokers are also being robbed. For the ‘sin taxes’ on tobacco are now astronomical. Government taxes are, for the most part, a payment for services rendered by the state in the form of roads, schools, hospitals, defence, and so on. But in the case of smokers, the tax is pure theft: smokers get nothing in return at all.
And smokers are also being insulted and browbeaten by ‘health messages’ printed on tobacco products. These messages – mostly lies, accompanied by grueaome images – now cover most of the packages.
And smokers are being evicted from their homes, refused employment, refused medical treatment.
What’s happening to smokers is exactly the same as what happened to the Jews in Nazi Germany during the 1930s. For they also were excluded, evicted, fired, exiled, defamed, insulted.
And the interesting thing is that, back then nobody said anything either. Who was speaking up for the Jews in the 1930s? Pretty much nobody. It was only after 1945 that everyone was falling over each other to condemn the Nazi death camps in which millions of Jews had been murdered. The outcry only came after the worst had been done.
It was the same with the gulags in the Soviet Union. Who was protesting about them in the 1930s? Pretty much nobody.
And so, seeing what’s now happening to hundreds of millions of smokers all over the world right now, it can be said with confidence that absolutely nothing was learned from the Nazi or Soviet experience. Everyone says “Never Again!”, but they say nothing as it all starts to happen all over again, this time with a different social group.
Perhaps it’s only when the violence that is being done to some social group exceeds some threshold that conscience is pricked, and the scales fall from people’s eyes, and they finally see what’s happening, and what’s been happening in plain sight all around them for a very long time.. But until that threshold is reached, they will see nothing and say nothing.
Or perhaps it’s that all can see it quite clearly, but they can’t bring themselves to say anything, while nobody else is saying anything. Everyone is waiting for someone else to speak up. And it’s only when someone else has spoken out that they’ll speak out too. And then everybody starts speaking out. And everybody says that they could always see what was being done was wrong.
In fact it’s not as if exactly nobody is protesting about the treatment of smokers. After all, I’m protesting. I’ve been protesting for years. And so have quite a few other bloggers. And even one or two social commentators in newspapers.
But there are hardly any of us, and so we’re ignored. So it seems that you need more than one person to speak up. There is perhaps a threshold number of voices that have to be speaking out before other people start to join in. It’s the same with lighting cigarettes: it sometimes takes several matches to light one.
Or perhaps it takes a combination of abuses to rouse people to speak out? Smokers are a minority, and so have little influence, and can easily be ignored, and easily persecuted. It’s maybe only when everybody starts to suffer that everybody starts speaking out.
And the persecution of smokers is gradually being extended to other social groups. To drinkers. And fat people. More and more people are being subjected to the same insidious process of exclusion and demonisation and punitive taxation. The more powerful that “Public Health” campaigners become, the more enemies they make for themselves. And at some point they have far more enemies than they have friends, and a tipping point is reached where the voices of protest outnumber the voices of support.
When the end comes, it probably happens very suddenly. Much like with Nicolae Ceausescu, Romanian leader, interrupted while speaking to a large crowd, and executed a few days later, as all his support melted away overnight.