by 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.