**CONSUMER ALERT** R.J. Reynolds, the FDA and the War On Consumer Freedom
Yesterday on Facebook, I encountered the following image:
This is what many of us, myself included, feared would come of FDA regulation and the lobbying efforts of Big Tobacco to influence that regulation. Vaping is now, and for a very long time has been, a distinctly Libertarian answer to a Corporatist problem. So now I’m going to make another prediction based on that fact: The FDA is going to turn what R.J. Reynolds calls “open system” vaping hardware and eliquids into yet another black market.
And I will be making use of that black market, at whatever cost. One thing I will not do is reward Corporatism with obedience to it. Would I risk prison by doing it? Yes. Does that seem extreme? Good; the offense to which that disobedience is the just reaction is equally so. I’m mindful of the words of Henry David Thoreau:
“Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.… where the State places those who are not with her, but against her,– the only house in a slave State in which a free man can abide with honor.… Cast your whole vote, not a strip of paper merely, but your whole influence. A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority; it is not even a minority then; but it is irresistible when it clogs by its whole weight. If the alternative is to keep all just men in prison, or give up war and slavery, the State will not hesitate which to choose. If a thousand men were not to pay their tax bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood. This is, in fact, the definition of a peaceable revolution, if any such is possible.”
If the system ignores the people, the only reasonable and just reaction on the part of the people will be to ignore the system in turn.