I’ve been thinking for the past few days about how things are going for the antismokers in Tobacco Control. And I think they’re getting into increasing difficulties.
They’ve actually been very successful over the past 50 or 60 years in getting smokers to stop smoking. They managed to convince almost everybody that smoking caused lung cancer, and thereby scare them into quitting smoking. They managed to reduce smoking prevalence from something like 80-90% of the male population to something like 20% today.
But back then they were using persuasion. People were stopping smoking of their own accord.
But there are always people who can’t be persuaded, and have no wish or intention to change their ways. It doesn’t matter whether it’s in smoking or drinking or anything else: some people are never going to go along.
And the response of the antismokers was a resort to force. If smokers could not be persuaded to stop smoking, they were to be forced to stop smoking. And so we’ve been seeing smoking bans being rolled out all over the world. And smoking bans are ways of forcing people to stop smoking. They have no other purpose. The bans started indoors, but they’ve gradually been moving outdoors, and into people’s own homes.
But whenever people are forced to do anything, they will always resist. It doesn’t matter whether you are forcing me to stop smoking, or stop drinking, or stop eating meat, or stop being Christian or English or white or male, you are going to meet resistance from me, and from people like me. It’ll be passive resistance at first, but it will grow stronger. And the greater the force that is exerted, the greater the resistance will become.
So, after having met little or no resistance for the past 50 or 60 years, the antismokers are now beginning to meet mounting resistance, and mounting resistance all over the world. And they are only meeting this resistance because they have started to use force.
So I think that the resort to force has been a grand strategic error by the antismokers. In fact, I think it is one that will eventually prove catastrophic for their cause. It will ensure the complete destruction of Tobacco Control. And I think it will ensure the complete destruction of the entire medical profession as well. For once so many doctors revealed themselves to be bullies and tyrants, they sealed the fate of their profession.
It’s not just in respect of smoking that we’re seeing a resort to force. It’s happening elsewhere as well.
The European Union started life as a benign political organisation, but as it expanded and grew, it gradually evolved into a tyrannical bureaucracy, from which increasing numbers of people began to want to escape. But its response has been to slam the doors shut, and try to force people to stay inside it. It’s become a prison. And it remains to be seen whether the bid to escape by Britons in the UK will be successful. It’s only a few years ago that the relations between the European states were all serenely cordial. These days it’s a growing slanging match. For example:
Polish MP Dominik Tarczyński has slammed the left-wing government of Vienna after they cancelled the erection of a statue to commemorate the Polish King who saved the city, claiming the statue might offend Turks.
Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has blasted French President Emmanuel Macron, calling him a “hypocrite” for turning away migrants while lecturing other nations about open borders.
“We do not take lessons from a hypocrite,” Salvini said Thursday in response a statement by Macron decrying nationalists who “preach hate.”
On Tuesday, Mr. Salvini met with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Milan after which the two leaders vowed to demolish the current European Union (EU) globalist structure and replace it with a model that respects the national sovereignty of EU countries.
Anyone remember all those cordial European conferences there used to be barely 10 or 20 years ago, when European leaders agreed about everything, except maybe the shape of bananas?
It’s the same with environmentalism. It started life as benign, tree-hugging, flower power. But as it became more influential, it also became tyrannical. We are all now being forced to comply with increasingly onerous environmental legislation, in order to prevent global warming or climate change or something.
We’re also seeing force used to silence political dissent. The banning of Alex Jones’ Infowars from Facebook and YouTube is a concerted attempt to enforce a political consensus.
The resort to force would seem always to be the signal that some project is failing, or that some consensus has broken down. Once you have to use force to make something happen, it means that it is no longer happening of its own natural accord. And at this point the benign mask slips, and tyranny becomes apparent. And when tyranny becomes overt, resistance rapidly grows.
The antismokers in Tobacco Control think that their smoking bans have been a great success. But I think that they have been the signal of their failure. They are no longer able to persuade, and so they can only resort to force. But the apparently-successful resort to force is bringing mounting resistance of a kind they never met before.
And we are now living in a time when there is mounting resistance to force as it is being exerted in multiple arenas. There is the attempt to force smokers to stop smoking. And there is an attempt to force Britain to stay in the EU. And there is an attempt to force Alex Jones’ Infowars into silence. And there is an attempt to force people to act to prevent climate change. And the result is a growing resistance to all of these manifestations of force. It’s all coming to a head. It’s all slowly coming to the boil.