Posted On: Tuesday - September 1st 2020 6:22AM MST
In Topics:   Music  Treehuggers  Globalists  Environmental Stupidity
"Think Globally, Act Locally" may have made someone in the bumper sticker business pretty well off over the years. I first saw this catch-phrase on bumper stickers in the mid-1980s, but per Wiki, it was at least around since 1971, said by the founder of Friends of the Earth.
Yeah, it's pretty catchy. Maybe it was a treehugger thing at the beginning, but I've also heard it from the left regarding various other issues. I don't begrudge the treehuggers their point either. Maybe you spend hours a week looking at pseudo-3D, multi-colored displays of results from mathematical models of the Earth's climate, because you are worried shitless about it. Maybe you also (used to, hopefully*) give money to the local chapter of the Sierra Club. When you go backpacking out in the wilderness, you want to clear your head of all this, especially the incessant haranguing from little Greta, but you will still bury all your waste and toilet paper 2 miles from the next soul and leave the place as clean or cleaner that you found it.
There are the hard-core recycling families that spend extra time sorting their stuff at home (used to be more of a thing when cities didn't have better ways to separate the materials). As Peak Stupidity noted in Towards Sustainable Stupidity**, some are fooling themselves with this. OK, I'm fine with that, thought they may cost me some minor tax money, it's their business. (Hell, I am pretty adamant about at least burning all the corrugate we get now ... oops, was that wrong?)
"Think globally, act locally" is a fine attitude. More people
What I have seen though, since the time these bumper stickers were printed, is that the left does not just think globally, but they act globally too. They don't just want to raise money for a new National Park or buy hybrid cars anymore. They want to force their agenda on all of us through government. Global Climate Stupidity is one of the biggest examples. However, it's not just the realm of Environmental Stupidity in which this bumper sticker has been misread. Globalists want control in every political realm, and in every physical realm too. (Think back on the Commies back in the old USSR. They were not content enough to have wonderful Communism in their one country - they wanted to spread the LUV with International Communism. No thanks, you bastards!)
These control freaks around here ought to finally take off those bumper stickers. It's been 30 or 40 years, and that transmission ain't gonna last on your old VW Jetta anyway. How about we, as Americans, back it off a notch and Think Nationally and act Nationally?
Alternatively, we could go back a long ways and Think Nationally and act Naturally:
* See also Part 2.
** Really, our point was the other way around, about the stupidity of some modern "sustainability", but that's one of our favorite post titles, so it stays.
*** See Peak Stupidity's take on the homeschoolers, as the good folks "poking the beast in the eye with a big stick" - Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.