Friday, May 20, 2011
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