Something Rose drew attention to:
WHO LAUNCHES PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY TO HELP SMOKERS QUIT
Read that again:To help smokers quit.
They do it to help smokers quit. That’s their moral justification. They’re helping people. They’re helping people do something they want to do. What can be better than that?
This is how you sleep peacefully at night if you work in Tobacco Control: You tell yourself that you’re helping people.
Except it’s a lie. It’s a lie they’re telling themselves.
What they’re actually doing is forcing people to do something that they don’t want to do. If they wanted to do it, they’d have just done it. Lots of people have done it. Lots of people have given up smoking. It’s not that difficult if you want to do it. It’s only difficult if you don’t want to do it. And if people don’t quit smoking it’s really because they don’t want to quit smoking.
So how do you sleep at night if you’re trying to force people to do something they don’t want to do? Here’s where another reason is wheeled in: they don’t want to quit smoking because they’re addicts. Smokers don’t just enjoy smoking: they’re hooked on it. And so it’s not a free choice they’re making. Smokers are incapable of free choice. If they were capable of free choice they’d choose to quit smoking. But they’re incapable of this, so us folks in Tobacco Control have to intervene to overrule their non-functioning freedom of choice, and decide on their behalf. We know better than they do what’s good for them.
And once this new line of reasoning has been introduced, it becomes possible – in fact it becomes necessary – to ignore what smokers think or say. There’s no need to ask them (and they never do). We know what’s good for them. We have to make these stupid people’s choices for them.
And the same line of reasoning can be extended to anything else: they’re addicts, and we need to help them overcome their addiction. Alcohol is as addictive as tobacco. Fast food is as addictive as tobacco. Fossil fuels are as addictive as tobacco. And so on. It’s why they’re forever finding things which are “the new tobacco.” For example:
We must accept that junk food is the new tobacco
There are more and more things that we’re regarded as being addicted to. So there are more and more things that demand that somebody intervene to prevent it happening.
In the end, everyone has to have everything decided for them. It’s a complete tyranny. It’s also a global tyranny. Wherever smoking is banned, there tyranny has arrived.
Smokers are simply among the first people to experience this tyranny. But everyone else is gradually experiencing it as well. The current coronavirus pandemic is an example, with people being instructed to wear masks, or distance themselves from other people. They’re being told what to do. They can’t make their own choices. They’re expected to do what a class of self-appointed guardians tell them to do.
But it seems they’re increasingly not doing what they’re told to do..
In fact, they’re increasingly doing the opposite.
Huge crowds flock to UK beaches for third straight day as warnings ignored again
It’s one reason why the mainstream media – the source of authoritative opinion – are increasingly ignored. Fewer and fewer people are listening to them. Why should they, when nobody listens to them?
The experts and the pundits and the authorities are increasingly being ignored. And they’re being ignored because these experts and pundits and authorities themselves ignore people that they think are incapable of making free choices (because in this case they’re addicted to beaches)
And this is inevitable. If people are ignored, they’ll ignore the people who are ignoring them. They’ll both ignore each other. So it’s only natural that self-appointed experts and pundits and authorities are increasingly being ignored. Not just with tobacco, but with everything else as well.
In the end the self-appointed experts and pundits and authorities will be swept away, as belief and trust in them vanishes, and nobody listens to them and nobody cares what happens to them. The WHO and the pharmaceutical companies and Public Health and Tobacco Control are all going to be swept away. They have complete contempt for us, and we have complete contempt for them.