Tuesday, July 05, 2005


Mark Steyn on Live8

Like many liberals, Live8 knows how best to spend other people's money

Mark Steyn skewers Live8's aid message, saying that what rocks is capitalism:
Once upon a time, rock stars weren't rated by Moody, they were moody - they self-destructed, they choked to death in their own vomit, they hoped to die before they got old. Instead, judging from Sir Pete Townshend on Saturday, they got older than anyone's ever been. Today, Paul McCartney is a businessman: he owns the publishing rights to Annie and Guys & Dolls. These faux revolutionaries are capitalists red in tooth and claw.

The system that enriched them could enrich Africa. But capitalism's the one cause the poseurs never speak up for. The rockers demand we give our fokkin' money to African dictators to manage, while they give their fokkin' money to Winthrop Stimson Putnam & Roberts to manage. Which of those models makes more sense?
Real Clear Politics (second item) elaborates on one of Steyn's points, charting the net worth of Live8's biggest names and noting how much financial aid they could be providing to Africa on their own.

Bill C adds:

Most obscure request of the day came from Madonna, who said she would drink only Kabbalah water - which she credits with getting rid of her husband GUY RITCHIE'S verrucas. She still clearly has her finger on the pulse however, and grabbed comic RICKY GERVAIS to beg for a role in his new show.

Minutes after her powerful performance, she was practically dragged out of the backstage area by her husband who had a more than firm hold on her hand. But she made sure the other hand was free to pick up her A-list goodie bag, said to be worth £7,000, including jewellery and computer equipment. (Emphasis added)

A goodie bag worth over $12,000? How far would that money go to help Africans? Why do these stars need these perks? I can't imagine they would not show up without them. How about putting them up for auction with the proceeds going to benefit Live8. Also, tell Madonna she can drink tap water.


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