Who knew? People have been eating meat for hundreds of thousands of years. And now we’re told that it’s killing us:
Sky-high sin taxes on meat have been branded “inevitable” in Britain after a study asserted that the move could “save hundreds of thousands of lives” as well as helping stop climate change.
Researchers at Oxford University urged ministers to consider the move, claiming that hiking the cost of red meat by 14 per cent and processed meat by 79 per cent could prevent 5,920 deaths in Britain a year and save the NHS an annual sum of £750 million on healthcare costs.
Lead researcher Dr Marco Springmann, from the Nuffield Department of Population Health at Oxford University, said: “The consumption of red and processed meat exceeds recommended levels in most high and middle-income countries.
So we’ve got a “researcher” with a “doctorate” at a “university” who believe that thousands of lives will be saved if people are forced to stop eating meat, by pricing it beyond their pocket.
Take away the university and the doctorate and the research, and all that will be left is a bloke called Marco, who lives in Oxford, and who doesn’t like meat, and thinks people should be made to stop eating it.
Why should I pay any attention whatsoever to this poisonous little shit?
The only thing I can think is: when are all these goddamn universities simply going to be closed down, and their doctors and researchers told to find work elsewhere, doing something useful?
Because I think that this is what is actually going to happen, once enough people simply get sick enough of them all.
Why is it that the worst ideas always seem to gain currency inside universities and other institutions? Why do they become diseased? We now have a medical profession that seems to believe that all diseases are caused by smoking. And we have a climate science in which everyone seems to believe that carbon dioxide is dangerously warming the planet. And now we have somebody in Oxford calling for meat to be banned. They all
seem to have gone completely crazy.
But perhaps that’s what always happens in all social organisations: they all eventually go crazy. And they go crazy because they’re always changing, as new people arrive with new ideas. Nothing ever stays the same. And eventually they take leave of their senses, and completely spin off the road.
So, for example, the UK Labour party started out with people like pipe-smoking Clement Attlee in charge, and then 20 years later there were people like (pipe-smoking) Harold Wilson, and then Tony Blair (who banned pipe-smoking), and now Jeremy Corbyn (who would probably execute pipe-smokers). The UK Labour party becomes something completely different every 10 years or so, and perhaps even the negation of what it once was.
And it’s the same with all the other political parties as well. And it’s the same with political institutions like the EU, which started out as a community of nations, and has now become a kind of empire. And it’s the same with the Roman Catholic Church, and all the other churches. And it’s the same with Islam. And also with art and science.
We’ve been watching the process unfolding in the USA, where Donald Trump has taken over the Republican party and the US presidency. And Trump’s Republican party is nothing like the old Bush Republican party, which was nothing like the Reagan Republican party or the Eisenhower Republican party before it. And the Democrats have all gone crazy because they can’t handle such abrupt change: they thought America was going in one direction, but now, thanks to Trump, it’s going in another.
I always see societies as made up of people who are tied together in networks, pushing and pulling at each other:
And the dynamic behaviour of the whole society, whether it’s a political party or a church or a university, is determined by the interactions of the constituent atomic individuals, some of whom may carry more weight than others. And there are all kind of waves propagating through this social fabric, some of which are experienced as shocks. So for me the smoking ban of 2007 was a profound, jolting shock. And for many Americans the election of Donald Trump was also a shock. And in the UK the Brexit vote was a shock. And so on. We seem to be living in increasingly shocking times.
And WW1, which ended 100 years ago, was a huge global shock that was followed 20 years later by another huge global shock. And the shock waves that are generated by these events leave ripples that echo and rebound for decades or even centuries in societies (my own thoughts are one of those echoes).
We think of ourselves as living on top of a volcanic planet, with plate tectonics pushing continents apart. But human societies are just as volcanic, and are equally afflicted by storms and hurricanes and earthquakes. For the world today is not at all like the world as it was 100 years ago. Back then Europe was the centre of the world, and European empires, most of them kingdoms with crowned heads, ruled over global empires. The empires have all gone now, and nearly all the crowned heads too, and Europe is no longer the centre of the world. And quite different forces are at work within it than was the case a century ago.
And who knows what people are going to believe next? If they can believe that smoking causes lung cancer, and carbon dioxide causes global warming, they can believe anything at all. These are our modern religious doctrines, which will be one day as incomprehensible to our descendants as the theological disputes of past centuries are incomprehensible to us. For all these strange ideas, whatever they are, are simply waves propagating inside societies, and carrying people along with them.