Childhood’s End

In a comment yesterday, musing on the fact that Deborah Arnott has two children, DP wondered:

Maybe she allows herself time off from persecuting smokers in her day job to being motherly and kindly after work and on her days off.

This presented Deborah Arnott as being a sort of Jekyll and Hyde character, sweet and kind one moment, utterly beastly the next. But it occurred to me that, most likely, Deborah Arnott is the same person the whole time.

That is, should may well be as beastly to her children as she is to smokers. Or, more likely (and what I suggested in my reply), she treats smokers in the exact same way as she treats her children, and she doesn’t think she’s being beastly to either. In fact she thinks that she’s “helping” smokers just like she probably helps her children with their homework. She sees smokers as children, and probably as naughty children.

This led me into a train of thought that I’ve explored a little before: which is that smoking (and drinking) is generally something that adults do, but not children. The transition from childhood to adulthood entails a great many changes in taste. As a boy I liked sweet fizzy drinks, but as a man I preferred rather slightly sour or bitter beer and lager. As I boy I liked sweet chocolates, but as an adult I preferred salty snacks like salted peanuts or crisps. And there are, of course, all sorts of other changes that accompany the transition.

And I have been entertaining the thought that some people never succeed in quite making the transition from childhood to adulthood. They remain children in many ways, even though they’re fully grown adults. And these child-adults are the antismokers who don’t like smoking (and don’t like drinking either), because they have remained children. And in demanding smoking bans and drinking restrictions, they are re-asserting their childhood values.

In my own case, after leaving school at the age of 17 (and starting smoking and drinking at age 18), I spent the next 13 years of my life in a university, as an undergraduate, a postgraduate, and finally a research assistant. And I now think that those 13 years were a sort of extended childhood. Why else do ex-students refer to their former school or university as  their Alma Mater – nourishing mother -?  Just like in my childhood, I didn’t have to earn my own living during my university years: I got government grants most of the time.

And if I was a left winger throughout that time, it’s because left wing politics is all about keeping people in a dependent, child-like state. The Left want a state or society in which people are as protected and cared for in adulthood just as they were as children. The Left want everyone to remain as children for their entire lives. And I wanted to remain a student for as long as I possibly could.

So if universities always seem to be full of Leftists, it’s because they’re full of people who are living an extended childhood (and this applies to lecturers and professors as well). And that’s why they’re all so noisily demanding. And that’s also why they always expect everything to be free, handed to them on a plate as of right. And it’s also why they never really understand money or profit or enterprise or inventiveness or independence or work: because they never do any work, never make anything, and never buy or sell anything. Money, for them, is the pocket money that their parents give them. And this is why they often think everyone should be given pocket money, in the form of a “citizen’s wage”.

By contrast, the political Right are made up of adult working people who make and sell goods, using money, for profit. And the fundamental difference between Left and Right is between childhood and adulthood, between idle, dependent life and independent, working life.

And these working adults tend to smoke and drink precisely because they live busy, working lives, and the work they perform – physical or mental – is always stressful to some degree, and alcohol and tobacco relieve stress. After a long day of hard work, the adult worker wants to (needs to) be able to relax over a few beers and cigarettes. And the harder you work, the more you’ll want beer and cigarettes to compensate for your efforts. And you may even want stronger stuff than that.

And as the idleness of society increases, with less and less work needing to be done, because we have machines that can do most of it, we have more and more child-adults and fewer and fewer real working adults. And smoking bans – which re-assert childhood values – represent the victory of the child-adults over the working adults. The smoky, boozy pubs are emptied of their adult customers: they become creches instead.

What we’re seeing in the USA is a confrontation between child-Americans (the Left) and adult Americans (the Right). Donald Trump is a hard-working, adult Daddy, and the Democrats are all revolting children, even if many of them (e.g. Nancy Pelosi, 78) are older than he is.

And what we’re seeing all over Europe as well as America is a revolt of the independent adult Right against a child Left which which wants to keep everyone in a state of perpetual, dependent childhood for their entire lives. And it’s a very necessary revolt. And it’s a revolt that will succeed. And when it succeeds, smoking bans will be rolled back, as pubs and bars and restaurants revert to being the adult, smoky, boozy places they always should have been.

And the rise of the Left over the past few centuries has been a consequence of the rise of childhood over that time, and the extension of childhood for longer and longer duration. And if we are to avoid having a society polarised between children and adults, we’d best introduce children into adult life as early as possible rather than as late as possible. In this manner children will grow up quicker, and gain an early understanding of adult life, as they are given the responsibility to perform paid work, and come to understand money and profit in ways they can never otherwise. Rather than removing responsibility from children (rendering them irresponsible), we ought to add as much responsibility as possible.

In short, we ought to abolish childhood.

I hope that makes a little bit of sense.

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12 Responses to Childhood’s End

  1. Clicky says:

  2. smokingscot says:

    Read in a 2015 article that Arnott has 2 teenage boys. No idea what kind of family life they have, however Arnott does attend virtually any conference she can and at the COP in Korea some 6 years ago she took her husband, meaning the sprogs are most likely fobbed off when it suits.

    There’s no question the lady’s ambitious and she’s, been known to launch into a frenzy at something she saw on telly, vs the winner of the Tour of France getting free cigars.

    Yup, the boys, who must now be at university, probably treat he as a career professional. Also they’d be exceeding odd if hey haven’t searched for her on the Web, so they’ve got a pretty good idea that she’s praised, applauded and awarded by her own, while being loathed and reviled her detractors.

    So I doubt they’ll be making a big issue of Mum with their mates. Yet like thousands in similar positions to them they’ll probably tow the line, stay within limits etc., if for no other reason than to cash in on their likely inheritance!

    As an aside Ms Duffy of ASH Scotland has two daughters. They’re still at school and won’t leave for several years. Duffy only recently got married to their father who until then was just described as her partner.

  3. Timothy Goodacre says:

    Arnott is a nasty bully funded by us. In a truly free country she would be shown the exit.

  4. Rose says:

    And I have been entertaining the thought that some people never succeed in quite making the transition from childhood to adulthood

    As a nice middleclass young lady, my first job was as a Saturday girl in a shoe shop at the age of 15, to reach my job I had to go by bus and by train by myself and worked extra days in the school holidays.
    My second job was working late shifts two days a week on the checkouts at the local supermarket, I walked to work up a long steep hill after school with the rest of my classmates who worked the same shift. My third job was as a barmaid in a smart and popular local pub where I worked a couple of nights a week with my schoolmates and later after a day at college.
    The next summer holidays I worked full time in a local textile firm in the warehouse.
    The year after that I called in at personnel to see if I could get another summer job at the same textile mill, mentioned my qualifications and that I was currently at Art College and enquired if there was a summer job in the Design department and there was. I gave up college and did my training as a Designer there.

    It rather astounds me that many years later, those in authority now assume that I am some kind of inexperienced child and even need to go so far as tell me what to eat.
    After a lifetime of making my own decisions, I have no intention of surrendering to them.

    Oddly enough several MPs, civil servants, famous sportsmen and even a very well known singer went to my school, before and during the time I was there. I wonder how they feel about being treated as infants?

    • beobrigitte says:

      It rather astounds me that many years later, those in authority now assume that I am some kind of inexperienced child and even need to go so far as tell me what to eat.
      After a lifetime of making my own decisions, I have no intention of surrendering to them.

      Like you, Rose I have worked for everything I own and after a lifetime of making my own decisions, I, too, have no intention of surrendering to them!!!

  5. jaxthefirst says:

    I’ve always thought that one of the worst policies enacted by any government (can’t remember which one it was now, it was so long ago) was raising the school leaving age to 16. Prior to that, lots of youngsters who, to be honest, didn’t have the remotest interest in school work or getting exams (O-levels, back then) left school at 14 and got themselves paid work and, often, learned their trade “on the job,” becoming perfectly competent carpenters, electricians, builders, hairdressers, shop assistants, chefs, secretaries etc. There never seemed to be a shortage of young workers back then, nor any need to bring in “cheap overseas labour” to do those ground-level jobs that, we are now told: “young Brits don’t want to do any more.” They only don’t want to do those jobs any more because they’ve now had to spend extra time at school getting exams they didn’t particularly want, but had to sit, and so now feel that they are entitled to start working a few steps higher up the career ladder. It’s likely to be even worse now they’ve raised it again to 18 because those young people will now expect to start even higher up the ladder than they did before! They won’t be able to, of course, because all those overseas workers brought in during the years they were stuck in school will have all the experience and the track record behind them to get any promotions on offer – no employer with an ounce of sense is going to appoint a wet-behind-the-ears, untested school-leaver to lord it over (usually) older and more experienced staff, are they? So the school-leavers will still have to start at the bottom. So what, they may well ask – and it’s a valid question – is the point of them being stuck in school until 18, if all it does is delay them from starting the work or career path that they want to follow? The point, of course, as you rightly point out, Frank, is that it keeps them infantilised and child-like for as long as possible, which is exactly how the PTB want everyone to be.

    • waltc says:

      In the US, they go on to college (ready or not) where they learn nothing except how to meld into groupthink snd emerge with so much debt that most have to live with their parents and therefore continue to be Children.

  6. Lepercolonist says:

    These pampered snowflake millennials are pissed when you light a cigarette at a pot party.

  7. smokingscot says:


    Forget the headline. Note the fuckwit’s thinking of running for President – again!

    So the Democrats will have a choice; Ms Clinton or Mr Bloomberg.

    An anti-smoker’s wet dream!

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  9. RdM says:

    An Australian perspective on what children are being taught in schools…

  10. jaxthefirst says:

    Interesting take on the Aussie educational system. But how ironic is it that a journalist, clearly himself brainwashed by anti-smoking drip-fed propaganda (as indicated by hisr abject failure to recognise that this kind of brainwashing was tried, tested and honed to perfection, in the first instance, by the anti-smoking lobby) and who, if asked, would no doubt claim all the anti-smoking “science” to be absolutely proven, and that “everybody knows” it to be undeniable fact, blah, blah, blah, should now be criticising the enviro-brainwashing by the Green lobby! I guess it’s typical of any brainwashed person that they can’t recognise it in themselves, even if they recognise when it’s happening to others or in a different direction to their own brainwashing. These floodgates were opened by the anti-smoking lobby – the first single-issue group to apply such techniques to young minds – so journalists like these are completely missing the point by complaining about them being applied now, just because this time they are in relation to a topic with which they happen to disagree with the “experts!” The anti-smoking movement is the root cause of all this stifling of free thought and opinions in young minds, and until their tactics are recognised for what they were, countless other single-issue campaigns with their own axes to grind will continue to copy them, in the hope of achieving the same “success” in their own little areas.

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