On Labour Socialist Implosion, Nazi Socialism, Nazi Totalitarianism and Tobacco Control

I don’t know how many reader of this blog also read Anna Raccoon. On Saturdays, she links to ’25 hour news’, which is always amusing. It mostly consists of un-politically correct comments on events with lots of dubbing of politicians. Today, in addition to the ’25 hour news’, she published a post from ‘Petunia Winegum’ with some comments about the Labour Party implosion. (‘Pet’ has more or less taken over the task of writing on Anna Raccoon because of Anna’s illness)

Actually, there has not been such a great implosion of Labour in England, Wales and N. Ireland. The implosion in these countries has been in the LibDems. The implosion of Labour has occurred in Scotland essentially. Having said that, you could say that the lack of success in taking marginal seats in England etc is such a disappointment for them that it might as well have been an implosion.

You can read ‘Pet’s post here:

http://annaraccoon.com/2015/05/09/the-25-hour-news-and-dead-ed-an-obituary/

But this post is not about the election. In the comments on Pet’s post, ‘Jimmy Giro’ links to a video on ‘Why Nazism Was Socialism and Why Socialism Is Totalitarian‘. It is the script of a lecture given in 2005 by George Reisman, who is the ‘Professor Emeritus of Economics at Pepperdine University’ in the USA. The text is read by another person. It takes about half an hour to listen to. I believe that it is well worth listening to since it has relevance to the way in which smokers are being treated:

Very briefly indeed, the author explains the importance of free markets. His reasoning is that a nation’s economy is basically chaotic. Millions of individuals, and groups of individuals, are trying to make a living, and, if possible, gain personal wealth as well. they have ideas and take risks in order to pursue those goals. The production of goods and services depends upon the demand for those goods and services, and the price of those goods and services depends upon their availability. If goods etc are in short supply but demand is high, then the price rises and so does the profit. The increase in profit encourages greater supply until optimum demand is satisfied. Over-supply produces lower prices, which cuts profit until a point is reached where some suppliers start to suffer losses, at which point they cease production, so that supply and demand stabilise.

Unlike Soviet Russia, which blatantly confiscated private business assets, Nazi Germany followed a different path. It left industry in private hands – on the face of it. But, in reality, by using regulations, it took control of those industries and activities to the same affect as Russia. Hitler printed money to finance his major works and rearmament. That inevitably produced inflation. In order to stop price inflation, Hitler introduced price control. Price control led to shortages, which required that Hitler took over production and distribution, which in its turn led to chaos and a black market. The black market was taken to be an insult to the State, which led to suppression with all necessary force. Small fines for small infringements were insufficient, and so fines had to be huge. But even that did not work (because the black market profits were so huge) and so lengthy prison sentences were required for even minor infringements. Eventually, even the death penalty was needed on the grounds that the black market was, in effect, as seen by the Nazis, treason.

Further, the shortages and struggle to make a living, the queuing for basic necessities, etc, produce resentment in the people. That resentment must be deflected from the State, so outside bodies must be blamed. It is the fault of Jonny Foreigner or traitors. That needs propaganda and the silencing of dissent.

That is when Nazi (and indeed Soviet) socialism turns into totalitarianism and fascism: one size fits all (except the elite) and all must obey.

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As I said, the lecture was given ten years ago in 2005, but it is still worth listening to. So much of tobacco control has followed the same path and by much the same sort of people. For example, we note that the penalty for an individual who lights up in a pub is a tiny £50, but the penalty for a publican could be £3,000 for ‘permitting’ smoking. We also recall that Nick Hogan, who had the temerity to defy the ban, finished up in prison. Do you see the similarity with Nazi Germany? Do you see the totalitarian (and fascist) nature of tobacco control?

Do you also see the escalation? Hitler rearmed at enormous expense which he financed by printing money, which caused massive inflation, which had to be stopped, which needed price controls, which needed ……. etc.

The escalation in tobacco control is perfectly displayed by the intended introduction of ‘permits’ to import whole leaf. The excuse is that these imports cost the exchequer millions of pounds, but the reality is that the effect is minuscule when compared with organised criminal activity. Criminals do not use ‘legal’ import methods. They would not be so stupid. Ordinary people who buy such stuff are simply trying to be self-sufficient, which is a laudable aim. It is no different to buying the necessities to brew your own beer or wine. Being self-sufficient is laudable. It certainly was so in WW2 (and, I suppose, in WW1). Because we are not actually involved in a World War at this time, does self-sufficiency become a crime?

We can see with great clarity what has been going wrong during the last couple of decades. The new ‘Fuhrer’ is Academia. Climate Control, Tobacco Control, Alcohol Control, Salt Control are all products of Academia. And the new ‘socialist utopia’ is a healthy, infinite life. Except that the life is not infinite, and its end is always going to be messy. Tobacco Control has, as its objective, the end of life as aged, senile, dead. As Shakespeare put it:

That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

I hope that my being a smoker, frees my children and grand children from having to look after me in that state.

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2 Responses to “On Labour Socialist Implosion, Nazi Socialism, Nazi Totalitarianism and Tobacco Control”

  1. Samuel Says:

    One thing the Nazis needed to keep the rotten economic structure going was foreign trade (even though the premise of “National Socialism” was being independent of all foreign influence. Foreign trade allows for the removal of all surplus products and the import of necessary raw and finished materials that cannot be found or made within the national borders.
    Two things happened.
    The first was an organized boycott of all German made goods. This was organized by Jews all over the world and hit especially hard in the US because it was a major trading partner with Germany.
    The Party response was Crystalnacht where they smashed up all the Jewish owned businesses and began making being a Jew in Germany as difficult as possible.
    In support of the State run economy they began inventing crimes and confiscating property from ‘enemies of the State’. Loot, like slavery, has long been used to prop up unstable regimes.
    After that they began ‘annexing’ other States to gain control of raw materials – easier to steal what you need than to trade for it.

  2. junican Says:

    …..and led to WW2.

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