May 20, 2011
The Thundercats on International (and Interstellar) Environmental Law
First of all, please do not ask me how I came upon this particular section of a Thundercats episode. I still consider it research. But being a child of the 1980's I couldn't help but notice two of my favorite things rolled into the below clip - the Thundercats and the nuances of global environmental governance (or any global governance for that matter). While Autobot leader Optimus Prime (of Transformers fame) practices and defends constitutional law ("freedom is the right of all sentient beings"), in this clip Panthro, Tygra and Cheetara provide some valuable insights into international law and the difficulties of enforcing it.
It is amazing how even across the vast distances of space and time policy-makers deal with the same problems of creating institutions to effectively manage a federation of numerous sovereign governments. The Thundercats effectively describe in 18 seconds the basic nature of international law, being largely unenforceable in the absence of military (or Thundercat) intervention or state acquiescence to the dictates of international arrangements. I believe (and hope) the Thundercats will be involved in the next round of climate talks.
On another note, where in the world have all the good cartoons gone? As for me and my children, we will watch the Thundercats.
- Blake Hudson
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Link between the Dukes of Hazard and climate change? As a side note, Boss Hogg's girth wasn't a huge facilitator of carbon sequestration because it was a fake belly. If the Dukes of Hazard can be linked to climate change, it would have to be through the cousin of J.D. "Boss" Hogg (Sorrell Booke), Max Yasgur, who hosted Woodstock in upstate New York in August 1969. I can't make the final few links, but perhaps Woodstock helped propel the groundswell of left-leaning earth-lovers. Just a few weeks after Woodstock the House passed NEPA, which was (arguably) the first major, modern environmental law.
Posted by: aj | May 27, 2011 1:59:30 PM
Great post, Blake. Brought back some old memories for me as well.
As for the Dukes of Hazard, they were particularly active in locally sourced biofuels business, in particular the brewing of ethanol from corn.
BTW, Ryan got the job at FIU!
Posted by: Ryke | May 27, 2011 8:07:08 AM
Haha Jessica. I am thinking of posting these types of analyses full time. I received this request from a Facebook friend "PLEASE try to find some correlation between The Dukes of Hazzard and environmental law. And if you could somehow incorporate Uncle Jesse, Boss Hogg, Rosco P. Coltrane, Enos, and Cooter, that would be PRICELESS!!!"
I responded: "I am pretty sure Uncle Jessie and the boys released copious amounts of hazardous wastes into the soil, what with all the blowing up barrels of oil and gas with flaming arrows. But on the other hand, I am certain they recycled every piece of the over 300 General Lee's that they wrecked during filming (http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_cars_were_used_in_the_Dukes_of_Hazzard). In addition, Boss Hogg's girth was a huge facilitator of carbon sequestration."
I mean, seriously, there is no telling how much we are missing.
As for the movie, I am hoping for the best :-)
Posted by: Blake Hudson | May 21, 2011 9:02:13 PM
this blog needs a "like" button. I wonder if the upcoming Thundercats movie will be as thoughtful.
Posted by: Jessica Owley | May 21, 2011 4:27:07 PM