Tobacco companies are big on capitalism. They are big in laissez-faire capitalism, that's "let-do" capitalism. It translates into let us do anything we want. Don't have any laws against anything we do. Just let the market sort itself out. Just let the buyer beware. If the buyer is uninformed or relies upon misinformation we give, don't do anything about it. Just let consumers stop buying from us when (if) they find out.

Now, there are capitalists who qualify this position by adding that they don't support fraud. However, the standard position for most of them is that only the court system should deal with it. That means that such matters should be dealt with only after-the-fact. There should be no regulation upfront that would prevent the fraud from occurring provided the regulation is properly enforced throwing the fear into those who might otherwise be tempted to defraud others.

The tobacco industry has been big on giving money to so-called think tanks, such as the libertarian Cato Institute. It isn't the government's business (your business since the government belongs to the people and you're a person) whether or not tobacco is addictive. Individual freedom suggests that people have a right to market addictive and disease causing products and it's up to the individual not to fall prey. That's what they call "freedom" and "liberty."

However, there is also helping each other to remain free from predators. If people have the right to form so-called private contracts, they also have the right to form public or social contracts. Frankly, the difference is illusory. It is merely a matter of semantics. It is always a circular argument.

The real question comes down to coercion. You will notice that the laissez faire capitalists are against coercion with the exception of coercing others (even making war on them) to allow them (the laissez faire capitalists) to continue marketing and forming their private contracts. Everything is to be privatized with the exception that the state is there only to protect that otherwise wholly privatized system and to maintain the courts. Even within the state, everything is to be privatized as much as possible. Only the smallest amount of tax is to be leveled to support the collective system for enforcement of an otherwise private contractual system of life.

That position is of course hypocritical. It is a position of choice. The tobacco industry would have you believe that only what they deem freedom and liberty constitutes freedom and liberty. However, we have Jesus to tell us otherwise. Freedom from temptation from those pushing addictive and disease-promoting substances and behaviors is freedom. Freedom from evil is freedom.

One of the things that came out long ago is that the pushers lie and conceal their evil. They paid greedy, selfish people who were trained in science and medicine to lie for them. It's all documented. Now, you might falsely imagine that since they were exposed, they stopped. The link article, "Failure to report financial interest from tobacco companies taints CT scan-lung cancer studies," by Kathlyn Stone, May 10, 2008, shows otherwise.

Don't fall for the libertarian, laissez-faire, capitalist garbage. Capitalism is based upon antichrist principles of self-centeredness. It's opposite (purely voluntary cooperation) is in line with Jesus and true or real Christianity.

Of course, most of us live in a capitalist worldly world. There are places on the globe where such is not the case. In many of them, the people or souls are fairing better. The Hutterites are a prime example. This trend to greater real Christianity is growing. It is the solution.

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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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