The Most Persecuted Minority

Murray Rothbard wrote the following article in August 1994…

Quick: Which is America’s Most Persecuted Minority? No, you’re wrong. (And it’s not Big Business either: one of Ayn Rand’s more ludicrous pronouncements.)

All right, consider this: Which group has been increasingly illegalized, shamed and denigrated first by the Establishment, and then, following its lead, by society at large? Which group, far from coming out of the “closet,” has been literally forced back into the closet after centuries of walking proudly in the public square? And which group has tragically internalized the value-system of its oppressors, so that they are deeply ashamed and guilty about practicing their rites and customs? Which group is so brow-beaten that it never thinks of defending itself, any attempt at which is publicly condemned and ridiculed? Which group is considered such sinners that the use of doctored statistics against them is considered legitimate means in a worthy cause?

I refer, of course, to that once proud race, tobacco-smokers, a group once revered and envied, but now there are none so poor as to do them reverence.

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23 Responses to The Most Persecuted Minority

  1. Mark Jarratt says:

    CV19 – tobacco prohibitionist controls writ large, a predictable consequence of biomedical bureaucratic fascism.
    My crystal ball was working well when I wrote this back in Feb 2019 –

  2. Rose says:

    Very good.

    A study of Prohibition and how exactly it was done is well worth the time.

    Wayne B. Wheeler: The Man Who Turned Off the Taps

    “Prohibition couldn’t have happened without Wheeler, who foisted temperance on a thirsty nation 90 years ago”

  3. Chris Sorochin says:

    I’ve yet to hear of police murdering or brutalizing smokers just for being smokers.
    This sort of hyperbole only weakens our cause.

  4. Smoking Lamp says:

    Tobacco control is a true global totalitarian movement. Like all such movements it puts itself above the state and normal politics. it creates a new power vector by destroying the old. SmokErs are casualties and the targeted ‘other’ in this cultic crusade.

  5. Clicky says:

    • Joe L. says:

      This is passed off by the Guardian as “news,” but we here have been discussing studies that indicate a rise in lung cancer among never-smokers since at least 2013.

  6. Clicky says:

  7. waltc says:

    OT: News from New York City. Now that the state has legalized marijuana (even as tne feds criminalize menthol) the city will be opening licensed “consumption lounges” (their name for them–mine would be “joint joints” ) iow, bars when tokers can light up. The first prototypic one made tne news tonight: the most smoke-filled room I’ve ever seen though the “consumers” didn’t seem to mind tne smoke, likely because, inlike tobacco smoke, secondhand weed smoke isn’t at all dangerous and, in fact, is very likely a cure for cancer.

    On the tyranny of public health, I commend to a chronicle of its long and dangerous history in a book by Allan Kraut called ” Silent Travelers.” Likely still on Amazon and worth your attention.

      • RdM says:

        Here’s the pdf.

        Silent Travelers: Germs, Genes, and American Efficiency, 1890-1924
        Alan M. Kraut

        • RdM says:

          Kraut, A. M. (1988). Silent Travelers: Germs, Genes, and American Efficiency, 1890-1924. Social Science History, 12(4), 377. doi:10.2307/1171380
          url to share this paper:

          The link still works, although for a few moments it didn’t seem to. Try again.

          I haven’t read it yet.
          If ever it seems that sci-hub is down, you can check

          Blocked in India and France, albeit there are workarounds, illegal in Germany.
          Although there are no known cases yet.

      • RdM says:

        Alternative title at Amazon:
        Silent Travelers: Germs, Genes, and the Immigrant Menace

        Is it the same book?

        • waltc says:

          Well, he only wrote one book and with that title so, no matter how new editions change the cover, that’d be it.

        • waltc says:

          I note Amazon has it as a used book for 7 bucks. Can’t lose with that and free shipping if your total order is $25 or you’ve got prime. IIRC, he goes through the stories of the real explanations for diseases blamed on Chinese, Italians, blacks, Jews, and the political and economic consequences of their being blamed, and the comfort to the non (Chinese, Italian,blacks, Jews) of having a scapegoat.

        • waltc says:

          Wish I could just add to posts instead of starting new ones. Since neither the book or the author end in 1924 (he goes into the prejudice against Haitians over AIDS) I don’t know what that first book is unless the full book was somehow divided into two parts, but the version I read did start with public health discrimination in the late 19th century. IIRC, he was on the faculty of American University, not Duke.

  8. Clicky says:

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