New Book by Chris R. Tame


Not Just Tobacco: Health Scares,
Medical Paternalism, and Individual Liberty

Chris Tame (1949-2006) was the Founder and Director of the Libertarian Alliance, and was the most prominent British libertarian of his age. Between 1990 and 1995, he directed the Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco (FOREST)

The current war against tobacco should not be seen as an isolated phenomenon. Indeed it cannot be understood fully – or effectively criticised – outside of a much broader context, including those of ethics, political ideology, the nature of special interest groups, class conflict, and the nature of science, amongst others. In this book, the war against tobacco is placed in the context of the myriad other health scares and paternalist campaigns that seem to monopolise so much of the media’s space and attention.

Contents:

  • PREFACE BY SEAN GABB (2016)
  • I: INTRODUCTION
  • II: PROPAGANDA AND THE INDIVIDUAL
  • III: ON FOOD FASCISM
    • 1: Food Fascism as Surrogate Socialism
    • 2: The Institutionalisation and Assumptions of Food Fascism
    • 3: Food Scares – 57 Varieties?
    • 4: The Realities of Health and Diet
    • 5: The Cholesterol Cacophony
    • 6: The Salt Scare
    • 7: The Fibre Furore
    • 8: The Sugar Scam
    • 9: The Coffee Campaign
    • 10: Listeriosis and Salmonella Scares
    • 11: Mad Cow Disease (BSE)
    • 12: Irradiation of Food
    • 14: The War against McDonalds
    • 15: The Real Politics of Food
      • i: The National Food Alliance
      • ii: The Food Commission
      • iii: The Lancet
      • iv: Other Groups
    • 15: The Continuity of Food Fascism
    • 16: Political Vegetarianism
  • IV: THE WAR AGAINST ALCOHOL
    • 1: Policy Claims Analysed
    • 2: The Campaigning Groups
  • V: THE WAR AGAINST BOXING
  • VI: THE WAR AGAINST GAMBLING
  • VI: “A PLAGUE OF HOBGOBLINS”: THE DANGERS OF EVERYTHING
    • 1: Everything?
    • 2: Fragrance Fascism
    • 3: Breast Implants
    • 4: The Video Games Scare
    • 5: The Electro Magnetic Radiation Scare
    • 6: The Dental Mercury Scare
  • VIII: THE CRITIQUE OF HEALTH SCARES AND STATE PATERNALISM
    • 1: The Discourse of Fear: Recurrent Themes in Health Scare Propaganda
    • 2: The Religion of Health and the New Class
    • 3: The Complexity of Science
    • 4: The Corruption of Science
    • 5: The Corruption of the Media
    • 6: The Puerility of the Business Response
    • 7: The Moral and Political Critique
  • Notes

 

 

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One comment

  • Well, this sounds like rather a good book. Whether it’s “Before its Time,” or “Too Little, too Late,” we’ll have to see.

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