From Taking Liberties:
Smoking should be eradicated in England by 2030, ministers are set to urge.
The Government will vow to get all smokers to either quit the habit entirely or switch to e-cigarettes within the next 11 years.
The target to make the country smoke-free by 2030 will be announced by Health Secretary Matt Hancock next week as he unveils a Green Paper looking at how prevention is better than cure.
And this from what is supposed to be a Conservative government?
Health Secretary Matt Hancock is quite clearly a socialist.
It’s one of the problems with all political parties these days: they gradually fill up with closet socialists. They get infiltrated.
Prime Minister Theresa May is also a socialist, if her government is going to vow to get all smokers to quit smoking.
What’s the difference between individualists like me, and socialists like Theresa May? People like me regard individual people as the primary, atomic entities. Society is made up, in my view, of individual people who are tied together by bonds of family, friendship, trade, belief, location, and so on. Such societies can (and do) break down. They can (and do) fragment into rival societies.
Socialists don’t see things this way. In their view we are all first and foremost members of Society, and it is this society (and not the individual) which is the primary entity. It is this Society which feeds us and clothes us, teaches us and improves us and organises us. We are primarily social animals. We owe everything that we are to Society, and ultimately we are indistinguishable from it.
These two different points of view might also be found in describing the chair that I’m sitting on right now. I would say that the chair is made up of carbon and hydrogen and oxygen atoms held together by strong bonds between the atoms to form a uniform solid material known as “wood”, which also happens to take the shape of a “chair”. But a socialist would see that chair as being the primary entity, and all the atoms in it as being members of the chair. A chair is an organised collection of atoms. And it’s the chair that’s important, not the wood or the atoms in the wood. And just like the chair is an organised collection of atoms, so also Society is an organised collection of humans.
And socialists practise social medicine. Public Health England is a socialist organisation which is concerned with the social health of English society. They wish to improve society. They are not concerned with individual people: they are concerned with society as a whole. And eradicating smoking would improve Society. Eradicating drinking would also improve Society. And so also meat and sugar and fat and all the rest. And since in their view it is Society that matters most, and not the mere individuals who make up society, there is no need to worry too much about what happens to those individuals. Individual people are dispensable: Society is far more important. And so socialists invariably end up imprisoning and murdering millions of individual people. And they do so because they think Society – which may be the Nation or the Party or the Church. – is more important than any individual.
All these Societies are actually imaginary entities rather than real ones. They are ideas. You can’t see the Nation, because the nation is an idea. You can’t see the Party, because the party is an idea. You can’t see or touch the Church, because the church is an idea. But you can see and touch individual people. There’s no such thing as the Conservative party: there is only a collection of individual people – not all of whom are agreed about everything (or about anything) – who call themselves the “Conservative Party”, and the policy of the Conservative party is the majority opinion of the members of the party.
I’m not a member of the Conservative party, but if I was I’d be calling for the expulsion of Matthew Hancock both from the government and the Conservative party. He should be fired. He should be fired immediately. And I’d also be calling for the same to happen with Theresa May. For these people are not conservatives: they’re socialists. They may not be extreme socialists like Communists or Nazis, but they are socialists nonetheless.
Socialism is a mental disorder in which imaginary entities – Society, the Nation, the Party, etc = become more important than real ones. Like real, individual people.