I was watching a short video about the wisdom of Alexander Solzhenitsyn yesterday. And in there I read:
I’ve never experienced Communism, but I have experienced Tobacco Control. And I think that Tobacco Control is a disease. And it’s been spreading across the earth for many years. And it’s impossible to predict what people will next be forced to experience from this disease. And my people, the English, have been suffering from this disease since about 1950, when the virus first took root in our green and pleasant land. That’s over 60 years. And we long to be cured of this disease.
And so I took the quote above and edited it accordingly:
And then I read in the same short video about Solzhenitsyn’s thoughts on the nature of evil:Isn’t this just as true of Tobacco Control as it is of Communism? Isn’t it as much an ideology as any Communist ideology? Isn’t the “smoke-free” world they want as utopian as any Communist goal? Aren’t they dogmatically adhering to ideology when, for example, they ban smoking in prisons, causing riots inside them, but just blunder on anyway, because their blinkered ideology prevents them from seeing the harm they are doing?
Isn’t Tobacco Control as “steadfast and determined” as Communism ever was? They never let up. As soon as they’ve got one ban in place, they’re always immediately looking for the next ban.
And don’t they believe that they’re doing good? Aren’t they convinced that they’re “helping” people, even as they exclude and demonize millions of smokers?
And don’t they all praise each other, and ignore the reproaches and curses of those outside their sacred band?
Solzhenitsyn believed that the only way to fight the lies was with truth:
Tobacco Control tells lies about tobacco. And the lies become more and more elaborate. And Tobacco Control has triumphed almost everywhere in the world using its arsenal of lies.
But I don’t have to believe it. And I don’t believe a word of any of what they say.
Solzhenitsyn said that people must speak out against evil:
And people should speak up about this evil. For if they remain silent, then they are accepting evil, and things will only get much, much worse.