Dehumanisation and Infantilisation

Someone complaining about lockdowns:

We have now had nearly nine months of being treated like utter imbeciles. A once great country with a once free people has been reduced to the level of being governed by pathetic, childish slogans. And for some reason we have allowed ourselves to be infantilised.

Nine months? Is that all?

UK Smokers have been infantilised for over 13 years. We’ve also got our own special, pathetic, childish slogans printed on all tobacco products. Example (from the packet in front of me):

Smoking clogs your arteries.

The author continues:

But the infantilising of an entire population is by no means the worst thing they have done to us. Worse by far has been the dehumanising of millions of people, which has been done via a number of enormously destructive methods.

The dehumanising of UK smokers has also been going on for 13 years, if not longer. Smokers are excluded from bars and restaurants (and almost everywhere else as well). No Smoking actually means No Smokers – because cigarettes don’t light themselves.

My own response has been to dig my heels in, and carry on smoking. If they can make people stop smoking, they can make them do anything.

And I now feel nothing but contempt for the medics and Public Health zealots conducting this odious campaign. I don’t listen to anything they say, not just about tobacco, but everything else as well.

Their latest scam is of course Covid-19, of which the appearance of a new and more contagious variant is now being used to impose even tighter lockdowns and restrictions on the entire population of southeast England.

Is this surprising? Any bug that is more contagious than others is likely to rapidly predominate. It’s also likely that the less fatal a new variant is also likely to predominate, since fatal variants will kill themselves off more rapidly, as fewer pcarriers are able to transmit them to others. The result will be a highly contagious but largely harmless bug, much like the common cold. Surely the sooner this happens, the better. So my view is that life should continue as normal, and let the bug spread where it may. Indeed it seems to me that attempts to restrict normal social interactions might even have the opposite effect, making the bug more dangerous rather than less.

It’s not about health. Covid-19 is being used to remove freedom. And this is the real goal of the totalitarians in Public Health

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11 Responses to Dehumanisation and Infantilisation

  1. garyk30 says:

    I totally agree!!!!

  2. Mark Jarratt says:

    True, top down control by elites, scared of the world and of the great unwashed peasantry by those who view longevity as the only measure of a good life, and do not value any other social “goods” including freedom of movement and association and economic activity and social interaction… Cancelling Christmas: just plain cruel and nasty… Like the anti tobacco controllers, these zealots must be stopped. It is or will be most difficult to overcome decades of “precautionary principle” risk aversion though – see for example the report by the Australian Senate at https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Tobacco_Harm_Reduction/TobaccoHarmReduction/Report – starting from the prohibitionist assumption that it is a legitimate function of government to regulate every aspect of personal behaviour – intrusive bullies (not that I hold a brief for “vapers”, many of whom are also rabid anti-tobacco zealots).

  3. Dmitry says:

    Did you know the bastards have, finally, definite plans for 2021? They say 780 million people want to give up, so the target is jsut 100 million, through Internet bullying.
    https://www.who.int/news/item/08-12-2020-who-launches-year-long-campaign-to-help-100-million-people-quit-tobacco
    They could not just do nothing while their colleagues are locking the world down, could they?

    • RdM says:

      Thanks for the alert, Dimitry !

      What evil subterfuge clauses are in that!

      WHO welcomes new contributions from partners, including private sector companies that have offered support, including Allen Carr’s Easyway, Amazon Web Services, Cipla, Facebook and WhatsApp, Google, Johnson & Johnson, Praekelt, and Soul Machines.

      Quitting tobacco is challenging, especially with the added social and economic stresses that have come as a result of the pandemic. Worldwide around 780 million people say they want to quit, but only 30% of them have access to the tools that can help them do so. Together with partners, WHO will provide people with the tools and resources they need to make a successful quit attempt.

      “Smoking kills 8 million people a year, but if users need more motivation to kick the habit, the pandemic provides the right incentive,” said WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

      WHO released a scientific brief earlier this year showing that smokers are at higher risk of developing severe disease and death from COVID-19. Tobacco is also a major risk factor for noncommunicable diseases like cardiovascular disease, cancer, respiratory disease and diabetes. Moreover, people living with these conditions are more vulnerable to severe COVID-19.

      [ … ]

      ““Millions of people worldwide want to quit tobacco – we must seize this opportunity and invest in services to help them be successful, while we urge everyone to divest from the tobacco industry and their interests,” said Dr Ruediger Krech, Director of Health Promotion.

      To create environments conducive to quitting tobacco, WHO has worked with partners and countries around the globe to implement tobacco control measures that effectively reduce the demand for tobacco.

      WHO calls on all governments to ensure their citizens have access to brief advice, toll-free quit lines, mobile and digital cessation services, nicotine replacement therapies and other tools that are proven to help people quit. Strong cessation services improve health, save lives and save money.

      Saved lives for what, and whose money is saved?
      And to or for or from what or whom?
      Where does the saved money go, and where or from who did it come from?

      Inquiring minds want to know.
      Enquiring minds

      • Yvonne says:

        Actually smokers are less likely to get severe Covid. The outcome for those bad enough to be hospitalised is worse however, the hypothesis being that once in hospital they aren’t protected as the are prohibited from smoking.

  4. RdM says:

    “It’s not about health. Covid-19 is being used to remove freedom. And this is the real goal of the totalitarians in using Public Health”

    (or if that didn’t work)

    https://imgbox.com/2Lfe2oZ3

    trying both methods at once!

    But we know this.

  5. Joe L. says:

    Amen, Frank!

    • EG says:

      None of the commmentors have any hope. I think that which name I will not mention will go away and after that people will want so much freedom that we will see complete destruction of an old system.
      There will be never ending party.

  6. Margo says:

    Nice post, Frank. I like the wonky tree picture too. Happy smoky day to us all!

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