Brigitte drew attention to something that a spokesman for the Stuttgart Oktoberfest said recently:
“Smoking is part of socializing.“
This is of course perfectly true. And smoking bans are attacks on society, on conviviality, on community, on friendship. Smoking bans shatter society, shatter community, shatter friendship.
Why do the antismokers want to shatter society? My best guess is that they want to shatter society so that they can remake it in some utopian new form. They believe that, in order to create a new world, they must first shatter the old world, much in the same way as before some new edifice can be erected, the previous one must be demolished.
Why the urge to construct a revolutionary new society? The answer perhaps is that we are living in an industrial revolution, with new technologies continually replacing old ones. and this has fed an expectation that, sooner or later, this industrial revolution will result in a social revolution as well. Sooner or later, these neo-Marxist revolutionaries believe, the old society will be replaced by a new society in the exact same way that the postal system is being replaced by the world wide web.
And in this they are probably correct. But why do these revolutionaries always seem to believe that they must intervene in the process, and force change to happen? Why won’t they just sit back and let it happen of its own accord? Why is there an endless succession of Lenins and Maos and Pol Pots and Castros, all of whom are usually very successful at shattering the existing social order, but invariably totally unsuccessful in creating a new society?
The short answer is that they haven’t a clue what they’re doing. It’s generally very easy to break things, but far harder to make things. And so while they can usually manage to shatter a society, they can never manage to construct a new one.
And that’s what we’re seeing with smoking bans: the preliminary shattering of society that precedes the inevitable failure to construct a new one.
And it’s a global revolution that they’ve embarked on, given the innumerable smoking bans all over the world that are shattering convivial societies everywhere in the world. The United Nations and the World Health Organisation are not trying to improve public health: they have embarked upon a global socio-political revolution.
It’s not just smoking that’s under attack by these prohibitionists. They also have their sights set on alcohol. And on more or less every kind of food, including meat, fat, sugar, salt, soda. And these are all attacks on existing social norms, and upon existing society. For how else do people normally meet, except around tables laden with food and drink and tobacco and tea and coffee? Public Health England is launching an attack on the whole of English society.
What haven’t they yet attacked?
Two things that have yet to come under attack are tea and coffee. Why haven’t they attacked those? Why aren’t we being told every day that we are just as much tea and coffee addicts as we are addicted to tobacco and alcohol and meat and sugar and salt?
It shouldn’t be too difficult for them to demonise tea and coffee. All it needs is another Dull and Hell study to show (using statistics, of course) that drinking more than one or two cups a day causes cancer, heart disease, impotence, and premature senility. They’re perfectly capable of knocking up such studies in a single afternoon. After all, it’s what they’ve been doing with vaping. And then they’ll put health warnings on tea bags, and hide them behind shutters. And tea and coffee will be removed from restaurant menus. And people will be offered milk or water instead (because they can’t offer them wine or beer or soda, can they?).
The answer, most likely, is that there are simply far too many tea and coffee drinkers at present. It was impossible to ban smoking while most people still smoked, and smoking bans could only be introduced when smoking prevalence had fallen to 25% or less of the population.
But there can be no doubt that The War On Tea and Coffee is coming soon, given that everything else is already under concerted attack.
The correct response is to disbelieve everything these bullies say, about everything (including carbon dioxide). And that’s where we’re heading: a world in which authorities and experts of every kind are no longer believed, no longer trusted.
Is Hillary Clinton going to run for President again?
“Look, there were many funny things that happened in my election that will not happen again,” Clinton said. “And I’m hoping that both the public and press understand the way Trump plays the game.”
“Again”? Doesn’t that suggest that she’s planning another bid? Many people believe that none of the current cast of Democratic candidates has the ability to defeat Trump next year, and so they’re propping up the corpse of Hillary in her coffin, and starting to resuscitate her. She’ll be a living dead candidate, a zombie nightmare candidate. Just when you thought she was dead, she’ll come stumbling back, falling over again and again (just like before). After all, it’s still Her Turn.