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Thread: The Disease of Public Health

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    The Disease of Public Health

    Sometimes I think that Christopher Snowdon is using mental telepathy to peer into my brain, and then articulating my jumbled thoughts into coherent discourse ........


    What the modern puritans call ‘health policy’ often involves profound questions of economics, law, ethics, constitutional rights and philosophy, of which they are largely, if not entirely, ignorant. These issues are too important to be trampled by monomaniacs who have not learnt the art of living.

    Society finds it easy to ridicule the pointy-headed puritans and lemon-sucking prohibitionists of earlier eras, but we are peculiarly shortsighted when it comes to identifying the same scolds amongst us today. Once identified, they should be treated with the same derision and denormalisation that they dish out so freely. Current efforts to portray ‘Big Food’ as the natural successor to ‘Big Tobacco’, for example, would be merely comic if those who made the comparison were not gripped by the delusion that they are the heirs to John Snow and Alexander Fleming, with resources of wealth and influence to match their egos.

    Anyone who uses such terms without irony should be treated with a mixture of pity and contempt; dunces who should not be humoured. Those who go beyond childish rhetoric and call for the force of law to be directed at people ‘for their own good’ should be viewed as anti-social menaces and ostracised from civilised gatherings. The ‘sin taxes’ they so often espouse should be seen as what they are: extortion rooted in prejudice; fines for living in a way that displeases a purse-lipped elite.

    The issue of risk should also be viewed from the right end of the telescope. In a society in which almost everybody willingly puts themselves at risk, those who attempt to lead lives of ascetic self-denial should be regarded as curious outliers. They have every right to pursue extreme longevity if that is their wish, but they have no right to bully and cajole those of us who prefer the good life into emulating them. Whether they are well-intentioned do-gooders, sly charlatans or malevolent bigots, they must be tolerated in a civilised society, but they do not have to be suffered gladly and they should never be given the reins of power. It is time to denormalise the demagogues of ‘public health’.

    The disease of ‘public health’ | Books & Essays | Drink and drugs | Health | Liberties | Risk | spiked

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    I only wish I could articulate the never ending stream of babble in my head into something this beautifully written.

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    I read this yesterday, what a great article, expresses everything about the social engineering retards. thanks for posting.
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    And Puddlecote also opines ...............

    An abridged list of policies that have been proposed in the name of ‘public health’ in recent months includes: minimum pricing for alcohol, plain packaging for tobacco, a 20 per cent tax on fizzy drinks, a fat tax, a sugar tax, a fine for not being a member of a gym, graphic warnings on bottles of alcohol, a tax on some foods, subsidies on other foods, a ban on the sale of hot food to children before 5pm, a ban on anyone born after the year 2000 ever buying tobacco, a ban on multi-bag packs of crisps, a ban on packed lunches, a complete ban on alcohol advertising, a ban on electronic cigarettes, a ban on menthol cigarettes, a ban on large servings of fizzy drinks, a ban on parents taking their kids to school by car, and a ban on advertising any product whatsoever to children.
    13 Years On ... | **** Puddlecote
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    And while I'm on the soap-box ......

    No, what is deeply regretful and disappointingly surprising is the number of those amongst us who are quite willing to sacrifice one group’s freedoms in the cause of defending their own – as if a trade-off will save them from the cancerous mutation of public health laws.

    But these laws do grow and they do mutate. As they watch pipe-smokers, cigar smokers, cigarette smokers and tobacco chewers being not just kettled but persecuted, not just denormalised but dehumanised, not just fined but locked up – too many advocates of freedom do not see that tobacco prohibitions and taxes will reach alcohol, soft drinks, foods, our speech and our travel too.

    Plain packaging of tobacco is already resulting in plain packaging proposals for alcohol and now foods. Advertising bans – the denial of information – already exists across many sectors and are growing.

    Most recently we have seen some (but not all) advocates of e-cigarettes joining in on the demonising of smokers as a way to promote their wares – but this is not just deep regretful it is counter to their own self interests. While there is every reason to believe that many smokers are turning to e-cigs so that they may get round the smoking bans or to reduce or end their smoking altogether it is also true that many smokers wish to carry on, that they enjoy their smoking, appreciate the aroma, the smoke the process of lighting up, the craic and the company of other smokers – those quiet moments of comradeship and contemplation.

    While it is only right that they should, if they choose, promote what they see as the public health benefits of e-cigs the supporters should be careful not to demonise smokers, use the same language of Tobacco Control or join in on the restriction of their freedoms – for what they will find is that the very same arguments will be used against them. Indeed they are being used against them already.
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    And the 'health zealots' continue their march .......


    Big Junk is just as evil as Big Tobacco.

    We sometimes hear that obesity is ''the new tobacco''. Sixty-three years after definitive evidence that smoking kills, the global tobacco industry still flourishes. But in Australia we have seen a dramatic decline in smoking. There was no rocket science about the action we needed - a comprehensive approach, including public education, legislation and product and packaging controls.

    How different is obesity?

    We know there is a global problem. Authoritative health reports have made clear recommendations about the action we need - not identical to tobacco, but a similar mix of public education, legislation and product control.

    If tobacco was hard, obesity will be harder. Obesity is in part a by-product of an affluent, car- and screen-dominated society. Health and physical education is not a priority for schools. Junk food and drinks are cheap, accessible, easy, tasty and massively promoted. Snacks are no longer occasional apples and oranges. They are commercial products laden with salt, sugar and fat, targeted at children.

    We have Generation J - the junk food generation.
    Big Junk is just as evil as Big Tobacco | smh.com.au

 

 

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