A reader pointed out an interesting parallel between the wearing (or not) of the Holy Rag and smoking (or not).
Both are moralizing crusades – in the name of public health.
Smokers were systematically excluded from public (and private) areas, beginning with a general campaign of pariah-ization. Second-hand smoke is killing people! It is a health hazard to expose people to your filthy habit.
After a few years of this, it was easy enough to outright forbid smoking pretty much everywhere – even outdoors. It came to pass that the only place you could still smoke was in your own home – and even then, only if you owned (rather than rented) it and so long as no kids were inside the home, else the CPS could and just might Hut! Hut! Hut! you.
It is now the case that many employers – especially corporate employers – demand blood/urine as a condition of employment and if those samples, when tested, show evidence of nicotine it can be grounds for dismissal, even if the smoking happens outside the workplace.
The anti-smoking crusade – a religious term – was arguably one of the first instances of mass hysteria and junk science used to greatly expand the power of the government-corporate nexus, which acquired the power to forbid smoking in private establishments and to punish those who violated the new commandments.
Of course, smoking is actually bad for you (and hence, increases your costs to the employer if you develop lung cancer or COPD) and the smoke itself is real insofar as others within the vicinity are concerned.
Still, sSecond-hand smoke’s dangers have been grossly exaggerated – as the danger of practically everything slightly risky has been grossly exaggerated, as it serves to justify exaggerated methods to ameliorate the supposed danger (e.g., the absurd over-salting of the roads at the first hint that snow might fall).
While there is no denying the existence of the smoke – and the smell, an objectively noisome thing to some and perhaps an obnoxious thing to emit in the presence of others, not unlike the deliberate release of flatulence – it has never been proved to have caused the asserted degree of harm. But it has been used to impose great harm, like the assertions about showing your face to members of the Sickness Cult.
Face-showers are the new “smokers.”
They are being pariah-ized in the same manner as smokers but on completely specious grounds. They emit nothing that harms anyone but are deemed a potential health hazard, which is an interesting construction in that it amounts to something worse than denial of service on the basis of possession of a pack of cigarettes in your pocket, without actually smoking any of them.
The pack of cigarettes – though harmless when unlit – nonetheless being real and so at least a potential smell.
The face-shower is deemed a threat not on account of anything actually present – i.e., “the virus” – but on the supposition that it might be present. This is no different than pariah-izing someone not because they are actually smoking or even because they are carrying a pack of cigarettes but because they might have cigarettes in their pocket.
You look like you are thinking about smoking… get out of here!
Face-showers are getting a taste of what it feels like to be a smoker, only worse because they aren’t even “smoking.”
Cafes and restaurants won’t serve face-showers or serve them second-class, in segregated areas far apart from the faceless or reduce them to “curbside” pickup, the food hurriedly passed through the window via gloved hands and sometimes even via a chute, so that as to avoid “contamination” with the person who shows his face.
The showing of one’s face has become grounds for dismissal from work, the same as if the offender had been caught smoking crack in the restroom.
It may well and probably will become grounds for denial of transportation even to the extent of private transportation, as by making it a requirement not only that you not show your face at the DMV to get your faceless face photographed but also that you produce a certificate of vaccination as a condition of being given permission to drive your own vehicle.
You will have to choose between not getting the permission – the “license” to drive – and assuming the risk of being caught driving without permission. Or run the risk of being vaccinated, as well as the certain degradation of not showing your face.
The same is likely to be applied to all employment as well as transactions, leaving the victim in the same position as the smoker – either give it up or give up being able to earn a living, have something to eat and so on.
With the difference being that the face shower’s pariah-ization is based on nothing more than we don’t like your looks.
Face showers aren’t the smokers of our time. They are the niggers of our time. People set apart not for anything they’ve specifically done but because of general assertions about what “their kind” might do.
Rape your wife, get you sick.
It’s equally sick.
But it’s also very easy because of the sick inclination many people have to blame other people for things they haven’t done to assuage their frustrations and anger about the things that might be done to them.
This is the sickness of every time, not just ours.
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