Smoking laws are about one thing: one group making an excuse to oppress another, under the false flag of it being, "for their own good". It feeds the virtue signalers their red meat, as hating on the villain of the week (some minority group like smokers) is their key to happiness. In California smokers were being treated like antebellum blacks; with being barred from establishments, insults and attacks, special fees and areas to exclude them, and so on. From segregation to apartheid, with smokers areas being mandated under law and/or we just outlaw smokers from whole categories of establishments, building, public places, and so on. All in the name of the greater good. If that's done by free will of the establishment owners? That's freedom. When it's done by the will of the state? That's tyranny.
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❝ Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies (progressives). The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals. ❞
These laws don't really seem to work. They keep making laws, and people keep figuring ways around them. They outlawed smoking in restaurants -- so now many truck stops are "private dining clubs", where you have to pay $.05 to join, and then there is smoking inside. People got killed for breaking the smoking laws and taxes. And the trend? Well it has dropped from 23% to 16% since enacted in 1998 or so (30% drop). On the other hand, smoking had dropped from 36% to 23% over the prior couple decades (36% drop). And from 45% the couple decades before that (26% drop). In other words, the rate of change didn't get better, it actually seemed to get worse. While teen smoking appears to have gone down, that unless you consider vaping the same thing, then it is way up.
So the laws failed to significantly decrease smoking (over the trend), they made people more contemptuous of the laws, lawmakers, and resentful of each other. Those who bully them for smoking or making laws are madder. Those who want to bully hate the people who get around the laws. This is a liberal win: everyone hates each other more.
Think of what these laws really say;
- You are not free to do what you want with your own body. If the masses don't approve, they will get you! No respect for your privacy or liberty. Screw you. The pleasure-Nazi's will cram their views of what is acceptable enjoyment down your throat.
- You are not free to do what you want with your own business. You can't cater to your customers and make your own choices. The masses get to decide how you are to run your business and your life.
- Customers aren't free to leave an establishment that they don't approve of. Workers aren't free to choose their place of employment. Market forces don't work (despite proof to the contrary). We really need the government to do for them what they can't do for themselves. (That ought to teach individual responsibility).
- The masses should be free to tyrannize whomever they don't agree with at the time.
- Majority rules (group-think)! Conformity becomes more important than freedom.
- The means aren't important -- only the ends (and don't think too hard, 'cause the ends won't be that great either).
- Deep pockets, special interests, and self-righteous, judgmental, over-emotion, know-it-all pricks will prevail over reason, tolerance, and freedom.
I know that sounds a bit histrionic, but this nation was founded on freedom, not bullying.
I warned in the 1990's that this was the first step towards the nanny-state micromanaging our diet, exercise, healthcare and breeding was this anti-smoking crusade. I wasn't wrong, as the cry-bullies have come after those other things too. Once you give the bullies what they want in one area (smoking laws), it doesn't assuage them, it emboldens them to encroach on the next area even more. They have a recipe to divide us and conquer our freedom... they will rinse and repeat, until we make them stop.
So I do believe in encouraging people to do what is right, and I would encourage people to stop smoking. You want to make rules about your property, fine, I am all for it. Don't allow people to smoke in YOUR house, or YOUR car, or YOUR business; I don't. You want to deal with others in our society like they are humans, and ask them to stop smoking around you, great! I do that too. But anti-smoking laws are just about oppression. This is about a vocal few, oppressing others, and too many standing by and letting it happen. And it led to the next predictable step towards the tyrannical dystopia of group think.
Written: 1994.06.12 • Edited: 1998.04.02, 2019.07.22