In the last couple of years, I have put aside enmities at this time and even expressed benediction on the likes of Arnott et al.
Only recently has the correct word come into my mind about the treatment of smokers. That word is ‘Exploitation’.
Why do not ASH ET AL demand Prohibition? The fact that widespread Prohibition of tobacco in the USA around 1925 had to be repealed ought not to stop them. It is the principle of the thing, innit? It seems that ASH ET AL would be quite happy for burglary to be legal, provided that only poor people were burgled – burglars who targeted rich people would be condemned and hung.
Slavery takes many forms. One might reasonably ask for a definition of ‘slave’. I think that the type of slavery which Wilberforce opposed was INVOLUNTARY slavery. That is, the use of FORCE to bully people onto boats and transport them, if the survive the journey, to a foreign land to be sold to like horses or mules. But what we never consider is that the so-called slaves might well have been content to swap uncertainty in Africa for certainty in America. Shelter, clothing, water and food, in return for work, might well have been acceptable to those people. That is, they did not need money. Who needs money if he has everything that he really needs to support life and his pleasures do not need money?
For example, I am enjoying typing this post. I can only type this post because I have time to do so, and I have time to do so only because I receive sustenance from my pensions.
So, in a sense, I am a slave, other than I do not actually have to work in the plantations to get the bare minimum to live on.
I seem to remember some trickery which I think existed in Australia. Convicts (people convicted of crimes and exported to Australia like slaves from Africa) were put to work. They would have been slaves, but, by then, slavery was ‘politically incorrect’. So what happened? The crims were put to work and paid a wage. Fine. BUT the employers ensured that there was only one shop where their ’employees’ could spend their wages. That shop was owned by the employers, and the prices could be determined by the employers. So the wages went back into the pockets of the employers via the shop.
We might not describe that system as ‘slavery’, but it might just as well be so.
In Roman times, 2000 years ago, slaves abounded. But we must understand that such slaves might have been quite happy with their lot. Who needs money if you are content with your lifestyle and you have food and shelter, etc, and are protected by your ‘master’? What is there not to like? But even in Roman times, it was recognised that there was a certain amount of ‘contract’ in slavery. There was a law which dictated that slaves must be offered freedom after X years. There is a recorded case where a Roman slave was offered freedom after he had served his time, but refused. He was happy with his work in the library and his lifestyle.
EXPLOITATION IS SLAVERY.
Somehow or other, the FACT that smokers and drinkers are being exploited must be revealed. The exploitation amounts to slavery.
I wish that I was young, single and very wealthy. I would mount a campaign against this slavery and exploitation. What is very weird is that people who have made their billion dollar fortunes on the back of FREEDOM, now use their billions to enslave people. But the slavery is not pecuniary – it is regulatory. Further, the regulations are cruel and vindictive. Further, the regulations originate from people paid simply to produce them, who pretend to CARE. The reality is that they do not give a shit.
Such people are the equivalent of Pol Pot, in a slow way. They are extremists. Such a person is Andrew Black, the Aussie exterminator, who controls the Health Dept. PM May shuffled the Cabinet and replaced many ministers, but she left Hunt in place. Why? Why? I can only think of one reason – better the devil that you know.
I suspect that Trump would have replaced such a Nazi sympathiser pronto. Why Nazi sympathiser? Because of his support for the exploitation of smokers. Don’t ban them – exploit them. And when you have drained them, exterminate them.
But will Trump grasp the nettle? Almost certainly not, since Smoking Bans are now universal. It does not matter that smokers are exploited and treated like slaves.
And yet…. The Soviet Union collapsed almost overnight.
Let’s face it. All we want is to be left alone to enjoy smoking, regardless of the consequences. But that simple demand also requires the end of punishment via taxes etc.
What we have to understand is that ‘duty’ taxes on tobacco, alcohol and petrol should have been done away with decades ago.
Why have politicians like Cameron, ex-prime minister, and all the rest of the ministers, not done away with such idiotic ideas?
And here is the weirdest thing. When in opposition, either the Tories or Labour, could have shouted about such things, but they did not.
Draw what conclusions you like.
And, once again, Happy Christmas.