JFOUND: McFadden, Michael J. [MC1973] pro-freedom, pro-science, anti-overpowering-government-control, anti-manipulation-through-dishonest-propaganda

2014-Feb-28

http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2014/02/27/guest-author-michael-j-mcfadden/

Guest Author Michael J. McFadden

An ALERT MESSAGE from TSRA

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Before anti-smoking lobbyists leap to condemn my Guest Author of today, me, my blog or my parentage, may I just state that I am in agreement with Voltaire when he said:

“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it”

The Tale of a Smokin’, Bicyclin’, Peace Activist…

Michael J. McFadden grew up in Brooklyn in the ’60s, studied Peace Studies and Peace Research at Manhattan College (BA) and the U of PA’s Wharton Graduate School, and then moved to being an activist/trainer in a nonviolence commune, canvassing door-to-door for an anti-nuke group, organizing bicycle activism, and eventually writing two books aimed at fighting the antismoking movement.

So how does a hippie peace/bicycle activist become a pro-smoking activist and writer?

The answer is that I’m NOT a “pro-smoking” anything: I’m a pro-freedom, pro-science, anti-overpowering-government-control, anti-manipulation-through-dishonest-propaganda activist and writer.

The first five sentences of my first book, the 380 page “Dissecting Antismokers’ Brains” published in 2004 are as follows:

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McFadden, Michael J. [MC1973]

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I am not now, nor have I ever, been a member of the Communist Party.

I am also not now, nor have I ever, been affiliated with Big Tobacco or their stocks, nor do I have any plans to be.

I also do not here, nor have I ever, tried to claim that smoking is generally good for you, although many find enough enjoyment in it to justify its risks.  I do however argue that long-term risk from normal contact with other peoples’ smoke are virtually non-existent.  Dissecting Antismokers’ Brains will show clear evidence that the risk of secondary smoke to nonsmokers has been twisted and exaggerated beyond all reason purely as a tool of social engineering.

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