"Think Globally, Act Locally"

Posted On: Tuesday - September 1st 2020 6:22AM MST
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"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 on in the political right ought to have this attitude. The homeschoolers***, in my opinion, are a great example of people taking this bumper sticker slogan to heart. They are really putting their money where their mouths are by raising children away from the "globohomo" agenda pushed in the government schools. At the same time, the can vote for Conservative, religious, Libertarian candidates, whatever ... for all the good that'll do 'em in this day and age.

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.

Friday - September 4th 2020 2:20PM MST
Dwight Yoakam is very underrated.
Thursday - September 3rd 2020 6:41PM MST
PS: I knew before I pasted your link into the browser, Mr. Ganderson, that it would be "The Streets of Bakersfield".
Thursday - September 3rd 2020 6:10AM MST
PS. Ahh... Bakersfield soul. Who was the Dickens character who cared about the starving babies in Africa, not so much about the poverty in their midst. Mrs. Jellyby? Lots of those types here- think globally, don’t shovel your sidewalk.

Here’s some more from the Buck-ster, ably assisted by the King of Rt 23, Dwight Yoakam: (or is it the other way around?)

Wednesday - September 2nd 2020 7:13AM MST
PS: That if all true, Mr. Anon. I try not to use the word "liberals" still, because they are so, so far from classical liberals (as in Libertarians of old) now, but I guess that terminology is embedded.

Anyway, all that "Question Authority" business went out the window once the Left was established well throughout the institutions of American society. Now, we must obey the Authoritah!
Wednesday - September 2nd 2020 7:10AM MST
PS: I LUV that Chevy Luv, Adam!

All the paper that's got ID info of any sort gets burned, outside in the summer, and in the fire place in winter time. I do make an effort to break down all the boxes to either recycle or use to start the fire in the winter. However, there must be some retardant chemical put into the corrugate now, as sometimes it's even hard to get started.

It's not so much that I'm worried about "no room for landfills!", but more that I just things ought to go back to their proper place.
Mr. Anon
Tuesday - September 1st 2020 7:29PM MST
PS I remember when liberal's cars were plastered with bumper-stickers like "Kill Your Television" and "Question Authority". Now if you relay to them information you found on the internet, though credibly sourced and correct, they will tell you they don't believe it because it doesn't jibe with what they heard on CNN or MSNBC. And the slavishly follow the "advice" (i.e. orders) and "guidelines" (i.e., dictats) from authorities like Anthony Fauci or James Clapper. No questioning of those authorities. When did it become the hallmark of a political liberal that they blindly believe everything told to them by the CIA and the FBI?
Adam Smith
Tuesday - September 1st 2020 1:42PM MST
PS: Good afternoon Mr. Moderator...

I burn all my paper and cardboard trash...

Spent cooking oil too...

Luv it...


Tuesday - September 1st 2020 12:14PM MST
PS: I was almost certain I'd put up this video way back in the past, but the database says my memory sucks. I was about to put Dwight Yoakum's version in that case.

I'm glad you like it.
Tuesday - September 1st 2020 10:55AM MST
PS I’m fine with all that you said about thinking globally and acting locally, but you really got me with Buck Owens and the Buckaroos, one of my favorites from my youth.
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