Since 2011, I have promoted vaping - it is a wonderful thing in my life. An accidental substitute for smoking which delighted and surprised me.
The 2013 EU Tobacco Control Directive spoiled it for me - I wrote lots and protested like everyone else.
We "saved smoker's lives". That made me feel uncomfortable.
How did vapers save people's lives? It was called 'harm reduction'.
Since then, we have had to save our own lives from the malicious activities of Tobacco Control by pleading 'harm reduction'. That made me feel uncomfortable.
I have done a lot of thinking about the things that make me feel uncomfortable.
I will not criticise smoking and smokers by offering them 'harm reduction'.They are grown up people for god's sake. I don't mind if they smoke, or not.
The nub of the whole problem, is not vapers vaping, nor smokers smoking.
The nub of the problem is Tobacco Control. The nub of the problem is a "Smoke free World" - "The Endgame". And the constant meddling in the private and public lives of people. It is the template for more meddling - obesity, alcohol, lifestyle, for plain packaging on alcohol, tax hikes and general persecution of the population.
I see something totalitarian in Tobacco Control - it's a new 'form' I don't recognise. There is something sinister about the effort to engineer society, to prapagandise, brainwash, to turn people against each other, to deconstruct society and reconstruct it in a new 'cleansed' form.
But other things are happening around me that have a similar sinister 'form'. I think they are linked.
I think we have a new Western culture developing - or rather being purposefully directed by the philosophy that has infected academia, our elite and our governments.
I am talking about the creeping oppression I perceive around me, as the few are 'freed' at the expense of others and a new 'normal' is set in place - by force.
In my lifetime, there has been a huge change in society. Wrongs righted, standards of living improved, equality for women, acceptance of homosexuality, political rights for black people and medical advancements. But, as we were living through these freedoms, new regulations were imposed on us 'for our own good'.
I have lived in the UK for twenty years. There have been major changes here in that time - major.
We are being influenced by a philosophy deliberately promoted to breakdown the old ways and introduce new ways of thinking and control behaviour.
There are sinister influences afoot, breaking down our culture to produce a weakened, divided people. We are in the middle of a social revolution. It is being set up all over the world. Its flagship and model is Tobacco Control. The way it has promoted prohibition is the pattern on which other repression can be affixed.
Is this uncomfortable alteration in society, 'evolution' of our thought as we become more sophisticated? A natural process? The development of a caring and responsible culture? Is it enlightenment?
No, I don't think so. It is being developed on purpose. It's a political manipulation..
I mentioned my thoughts on Frank Davis blog post Disintegration.
Is it this thing suggested below....?
Nisakiman replied - I quote (with permission)
Or is that just conspiracy theory? the same ideas but blamed on conspiracy theory, that is increasingly becoming a 'respectable' idea by thinking people about this historic change in our culture.Basically, the Frankfurt School believed that as long as an individual had the belief – or even the hope of belief – that his divine gift of reason could solve the problems facing society, then that society would never reach the state of hopelessness and alienation that they considered necessary to provoke socialist revolution. Their task, therefore, was as swiftly as possible to undermine the Judaeo-Christian legacy. To do this they called for the most negative destructive criticism possible of every sphere of life which would be designed to de-stabilize society and bring down what they saw as the ‘oppressive’ order. Their policies, they hoped, would spread like a virus—‘continuing the work of the Western Marxists by other means’ as one of their members noted.To further the advance of their ‘quiet’ cultural revolution – but giving us no ideas about their plans for the future – the School recommended (among other things):1. The creation of racism offences.
2. Continual change to create confusion
3. The teaching of sex and homosexuality to children
4. The undermining of schools’ and teachers’ authority
5. Huge immigration to destroy identity.
6. The promotion of excessive drinking
7. Emptying of churches
8. An unreliable legal system with bias against victims of crime
9. Dependency on the state or state benefits
10. Control and dumbing down of media
11. Encouraging the breakdown of the familyOne of the main ideas of the Frankfurt School was to exploit Freud’s idea of ‘pansexualism’ – the search for pleasure, the exploitation of the differences between the sexes, the overthrowing of traditional relationships between men and women. To further their aims they would:• attack the authority of the father, deny the specific roles of father and mother, and wrest away from families their rights as primary educators of their children.
• abolish differences in the education of boys and girls
• abolish all forms of male dominance – hence the presence of women in the armed forces
• declare women to be an ‘oppressed class’ and men as ‘oppressors’
Munzenberg summed up the Frankfurt School’s long-term operation thus: ‘We will make the West so corrupt that it stinks.’The School believed there were two types of revolution: (a) political and (b) cultural. Cultural revolution demolishes from within. ‘Modern forms of subjection are marked by mildness’. They saw it as a long-term project and kept their sights clearly focused on the family, education, media, sex and popular culture.http://www.whale.to/c/frankfurt_school1.html (end quote)
Or is it rather? a new social science -
Cultural Marxism sees culture as a main cause for many different kinds of inequalities:
- Race (Whites/non-Whites)
- Culture (Western/non-Western)
- Family (nuclear family/non-nuclear family)
- Religion (Christianity/atheism and religious minorities)
- Gender (men/women)
- Sexual orientation (heterosexual/LGBT)
You decide what this thing is that is changing our world, which old people see, but which young people are not aware of. Anti Conservatism? or Conspiracy? or Philosophy? or Totalitarianism?
However you view what is happening in our world, it is new and inexorable.
Common sense and wisdom have been silenced. We are ruled by small groups lobbying for their rights/ideologies at the expense of the rights/freedoms of others, sanctioned by our elite.
I got completely depressed on reading Clive Bates new post - a perfect example of a totalitarian industry at work-
Letter to the Foundation for a Smoke Free World about money, governance, conflicts and Philip Morris International
I cannot fight such a thing by complaining about Tobacco Control. It is a tiny aspect of a huge problem that we should all be aware of. A problem of new 'industries' employing people to corral other people and cleanse society on a massive scale. Controlling the people by legislation is called totalitarianism, whether you are controlling thought by regulation, hate crime, immigration, abortion, alcohol, food, behaviour, health, or habits.
It is wrong.
Ubuntu, my friends.Thank you to those who have followed me.