The Litter Bag Mentality

Tree Huggerby Brad Nelson
I just thought of the absurdity of litter bags and the mentality behind them while emptying out the few trifles I had in my own car’s litter bag. I don’t like driving around with a litter bag. It just litters up my car. If I have garbage, I stick it in my pocket and dispose of it later. If it’s a hamburger wrapper, I put it back in the fast-food paper bag that in came in and dispose of it later. I’ve never once thought, “Oh, gee. I don’t have a litter bag. I guess I’ll just throw this 2-liter pop bottle out the window.”

Have you looked out on the sides of the roads lately? People still litter. I will, of course, bend to the weight of objective evidence to the contrary. Maybe requiring by law (geez…what a nanny state we live in now) for people to carry a litter bag in their car has reduced litter. But I don’t see much evidence of it.

I mean — again — who stops and thinks “Oh, I don’t have a litter bag in my car so I’m going to throw this half-eaten taco out the window”? And I don’t think those with that kind of Cretan mindset are going to be deterred by the mere proximity of a litter bag. There’s something more going on there. I think these clods feel entitled to soil our nation. A litter bag isn’t going to stop that impulse.

And interested phenomenon probably related to this subject is the way the different political groups leave their venues. Tea Party people will actually leave a place cleaner then they found it. But Leftwing groups are notorious for leaving garbage all over.

There is a possible explanation for this. Conservatives stress individual responsibility. The garbage we throw on the street is our garbage and doesn’t magically become “society’s” garbage the moment it leaves our hand.

On the other hand, if you are of a collectivist bent, it is likely that you have no problem throwing garbage out the window because you think “That’s why we have those clean-up crews.” For you, individual ethics vanish into collectivist ethics. And instead of you doing what you should, you pass it off to society.

And so it goes. And this is one very large reason that socialism ruins whatever it touches. • (977 views)

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I like books, nature, politics, old movies, Ronald Reagan (you get sort of a three-fer with that one), and the founding ideals of this country. We are the Shining City on the Hill — or ought to be. However, our land has been poisoned by Utopian aspirations and feel-good bromides. Both have replaced wisdom and facts.
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3 Responses to The Litter Bag Mentality

  1. ladykrystyna says:

    I like the way you compare and contrast the Tea Party rallies and Leftist rallies (never mind OWS encampments). I was at the big Tea Party rally in D.C. in 2009. When I came back through the grounds behind the Capitol after everyone had left, except for the trampled grass one would have never known that anyone was there. People brought extra bags which were filled and piled neatly by the public garbage cans that were also full.

    The same kind of mentality can be found in public bathrooms as well, although there is probably no way of dividing up people by political party.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Was that the Glenn Beck rally in DC? If so, you might have bumped into pst4usa.

      • ladykrystyna says:

        No, it was the first big Tea Party rally on September 12, 2009.

        Although it was probably mostly organized through The 9/12 Projects which was a Glenn Beck idea, I believe.

        I was unable to go to the Restoring Honor rally. That was on August 28, 2010. But I wish I could have gone. I watched it on C-SPAN though.

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