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Random Reflections

I was idly thinking about Idle Theory this Easter Sunday morning, wondering if it might be possible to deploy it as a weapon against Tobacco Control. I like to think that Idle Theory might be a bit like the gun … Continue reading

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Why Smoking Is Wrong

I always have the suspicion – and it’s really only a suspicion – that real objection of the antismokers in Tobacco Control to smoking is an ethical one. But because we have no shared system of ethics, or any accompanying … Continue reading

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The Hermit On The Hill

Something I came across last week: Vivek Murthy, the surgeon general of the United States, has said many times in recent years that the most prevalent health issue in the country is not cancer or heart disease or obesity. It … Continue reading

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Broken Dreams

‘Progressives’, it seems to me, are people who think they can see the future, and know the shape of things to come. They regard themselves as far-sighted. And they all seem to be agreed that the future will be some … Continue reading

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What’s So Progressive About Progressivism?

All ‘progress’, I was thinking this morning, seems to involve diminution. It’s something that’s perhaps seen clearest in modern architecture, where all – or almost all – ornamentation has been stripped away, and buildings are minimal boxes with windows in … Continue reading

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No Consideration

I’ve started reading Illiberal Reformers, by Thomas C. Leonard. It arrived in the post a few days ago. It’s about the rise of the the US administrative state about a century ago. The administrative state was to be run by … Continue reading

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Fostering Guilt And Shame

Following on from yesterday, I found an interview of Barack Obama by Bill Maher. What initially interested me about this interview was that Obama gave a broad wink after saying he was an ex-smoker. Which sort of meant to me … Continue reading

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