There seems to be mounting chaos in the Western world. In the USA there’s been something not far off civil war ever since Donald Trump got elected as president. And in France there’s been something much more like a real civil war since the Gilets Jaunes protests erupted a couple of months back. And now there’s another civil war – over Brexit – coming to a boil in the UK. One might even say that there’s something approaching a civil war within Europe, between globalist progressives and nationalist populists.
Is it any better anywhere else?
In every case, the conflicts are within countries or regions rather than between countries or regions. The divisions are internal rather than external. And they’re almost always between progressives and conservatives.
And what was more “progressive” than all the smoking bans that have swept the world in the last decade or two?
And what was more divisive?
Smoking bans entail the expulsion of a quarter or a third of a population from the rest of society. Fully a quarter or a third of a population are made pariahs. All in the name of “health”.
Need one look any further for the root cause of the mounting divisions everywhere in the world? What else do you expect once you do such a thing?
But nobody can see it. Not even smokers like Nigel Farage and Marine Le Pen and Matteo Salvini who are leading the mounting populist revolt against the globalist progressives in the EU.
Everyone thinks that smoking bans don’t matter. Everyone thinks that they’re unimportant.
But I think they’re the most important things of all. Because I’ve experienced for myself how profoundly divisive they are. I know very well how they set former friends against each other. I’ve seen it happen many times in recent years.
So I think that smoking bans are the primary drivers of the mounting social division we’re seeing everywhere in the world. And because nothing is being done about them, we’re only going to see more division.
Oddly enough, in my foray into climate science over the past year, I’ve come to believe that the most important thing isn’t carbon dioxide, or the Sun, or Milankovitch cycles, or any of the other popular candidates, but instead the Earth beneath our feet.
And everyone ignores the Earth beneath their feet. They think it’s completely passive, and entirely insignificant in climatic affairs. It’s just the thing we stand on as we watch all the fireworks in the sky above our heads.
But I think it’s the most important thing of all. For my little computer heat flow simulation model has been telling me that, over many thousands of years, the warming and cooling Earth is the primary driver of the Earth’s climate, and the Sun and carbon dioxide and Milankovitch and co are bit part players in the climate drama.
For the past 6 months or so I’ve been thinking of starting a new blog. One that would be entirely devoted to my recent mathematical investigations of ice ages. It wouldn’t be something I’d write every day. It would be more like once a month.
But I haven’t figured out where to start, or what to call it.
And at the same time, watching the chaos mounting around me, I’m wondering how much more I can usefully say about it all on this my main blog. But because I wake up every day thinking about smoking bans, they’re always going to be on my mind, even if I spend much of my time thinking about snow and ice.