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Cigarettes are the paradigm for global nonviolent change.

1051. Cigarettes are the paradigm for global nonviolent change.

1051a. We are in the infancy of our capacity to prove what harms.

1051b. For the first time in history we can base ethics on values and scientific certainty.

1051b1. Scientific certainty is never entirely certain.

1051b2. Scientific certainty grows as time proves out its premises.

1051b3. Scientific certainty is useless if we do not agree on values.

1051c. The values that underlie ethical science are tolerance, democracy, helpfulness and non-idolatry.

1051d. Cigarettes are still a massive global problem.

1051d1. Cigarettes show how Triadic Philosophy works globally.

1051d2. Harm > Proofs > Whistleblowing

1051d3. Governance > Struggle > Successes

1051e. The challenge of cigarettes demonstrates the need for global democratic revolution.

1051f. Cigarettes is the paradigm for global democratic revolution.

The above is drawn from the continually growing book Triadic Philosophy. Please check it out on Kindle.

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WASHINGTON (AP) – One of President Barack Obama’s campaign pledges on taxes went up in puffs of smoke Wednesday.

The largest increase in tobacco taxes took effect despite Obama’s promise not to raise taxes of any kind on families earning under $250,000 or individuals under $200,000.

This is one tax that disproportionately affects the poor, who are more likely to smoke than the rich.

To be sure, Obama’s tax promises in last year’s campaign were most often made in the context of income taxes. Not always.