Although Siegel is a proponent of smoking bans and he seems to believe a good chunk of the epidemiological trash science of antitobacco, he is still hard to dislike. Why?
Because he has something in common with us and with all decent people. We do not necessarily agree with the reasons of his awards. We most certainly don’t share his belief that cigarettes are a public health problem as we neither believe the objective solidity of the “science” nor in the moral and professional integrity of the actors who promote it.
We don’t feel guilty about smoking, we absolutely don’t intend to quit, we think that it’s a great trait of our culture and that it should spread. We think that it’s a flag that should be proudly upheld and we have no problem telling kids not to believe a word of their “public health” indoctrination in schools. We want to perpetuate smoking and the freedoms it implies, and we don’t believe that “health chastity” is the path to real health or a good society. We want to destroy antitobacco and put the racketeers that promote it into jail where they belong for a large variety of crimes.
What do we have in common with Siegel, then? The hatred for hypocrisy, as this older posting in his blog demonstrates. We also have in common a respect for integrity. Siegel’s contempt for hypocrisy is the very reason why he was expelled from the Olympus of the fraudulent movement he belonged to. To make matters worse, his integrity was a real grain of sand in the perfectly lubricated, smoothly running engine of public fraud.
Being cast out by such a mafia should be something that he is proud of, rather than sorry – and that is, in itself, another reason for our disagreements.