Lord Crimson

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Bono – Africa’s Hope?

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Bono In a recent appearance on Nightline, Bono (lead singer of U2) continued his self-appointed campaign to save Africa. Not a bad way to spend your time if so inclined. Yet, like so many before him, Bono suffers from the problem of not having a clue on how to achieve his goal. Sure, he has good intentions on his side, but that doesn’t get you long term results.

To his dubious credit, Bono has discovered the secret of how to extort money from taxpayers all over the world via government. However, he falls short by delivering the worlds generosity into a system where the problem never gets solved.

Other than receiving a feel good high and funding corrupt dictators nothing is really being accomplished. Unless of course a giant transfer of wealth is the goal then we have a victory.

Every country that has pulled itself out of poverty has done so by implementing some form of capitalism. Bono’s socialist style of help is clearly not working and most Africans will always remain poor because of it.


Written by Lord Crimson

June 8, 2007 at 1:22 pm

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  1. Hm…. I get this sneaking suspicion that you won’t be voting for Nader. It’s almost as if…. no… you can’t be..

    a conservative?!?

    Yes, it would take a real act of mindless partisanship and towing the party line to denounce an act of decency and human compassion as evil.

    Good job reguritating far-right pablum. It’s guys like you who keep the commies at bay.

    D. Peace

    June 8, 2007 at 2:01 pm

  2. EDIT: *toeing the party line

    D. Peace

    June 8, 2007 at 2:01 pm

  3. Hi D

    If Bono’s act of decency and human compassion were actually working then he wouldn’t be returning to the world stage every other year tossing a big fat guilt bomb and demanding donations. The problem would be solved.

    I am offering a real solution in the form of capitalism. This is not based on politics but on a system that has a proven track record of success. Socialism only creates slaves and the world already has enough of that.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    June 8, 2007 at 2:52 pm

  4. This guy loves to throw other people’s money after world poverty, but is really a tax sheltering hypocrite when it comes to his own.


    June 8, 2007 at 2:53 pm

  5. Hi wytammic

    You are so right. His generosity can be measured in how much we are willing to give.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    June 8, 2007 at 3:04 pm

  6. “To his dubious credit, Bono has discovered the secret of how to extort money from taxpayers all over the world via government.”

    I think his (Bono) heart is right and I respect him for it, but I have often wondered about this. He claims that the 3rd world debt was taken on by their corrupt leaders and the money never benefited the people, thus it shouldn’t be their liability. Well, good enough, but I wonder if he likes the other side of that equation. Ok we will cancel all the debt, but we won’t be giving any more to those despots.

    If so nothing changes but the paper work. As long as those despots are between the people and aid, then there is no answer. LC is right when he says they need Capitalism and Free Markets in a corruption free environment, otherwise the primary problem isn’t financial or economic………Next Stop Lauderdale


    June 8, 2007 at 10:41 pm

  7. Hi Steve

    Bono suffers from a popular Hollywood affliction in that he is one of those people that has acquired a great amount of personal wealth and now feels guilty about it when he sees so many with nothing.

    If Bono was offering his own money and sacrificing his own wealth like he is demanding of others then I would say nothing and think highly of him for his effort. But that is not the reality.

    Instead he places blame on others for the problems corrupt African leaders have heaped upon fellow Africans. Not once has he ever placed accountability at their feet.

    Just because Bono can sing and possesses celebrity status doesn’t make him qualified to solve the age old problem of Africa. I suppose in the end only the Africans can do that, but until that time dumping money into the hands of corrupt dictators is clearly not the answer.

    A new way is needed that amounts to more than satisfying Bono’s guilt with our money. As you say, capitalism and free markets in a basically corruption free environment is the answer. No one said it would be easy.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    June 9, 2007 at 1:59 am

  8. I already commented on your other post in regards to this but just wanted to reiterate here that I agree. Throwing money at people in situations like that doesn’t really accomplish anything.


    June 10, 2007 at 11:54 pm

  9. Hi M

    As you say, throwing money rarely solves problems. If it did there would be no poverty anywhere and the US would have the best public school system in the world.

    Unfortunately government doesn’t want to solve these problems. For them dependence means power and you know how they live for that.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    June 11, 2007 at 10:13 am

  10. I’m not going to say I totally endorse bono’s methods, but having been around him flesh and blood… and having friends that know him and vouch for him. I have no doubt whatsoever that his motives are good.

    I do understand what you guys are saying about government not being the way, curruption and so on- and I do agree. But I we need to try and be careful when we try to judge motives. He does give money, and I do not believe he just feels like a guilty rich person. I do believe that his heart has really broken for these people.


    June 12, 2007 at 1:33 am

  11. Hi m

    If a problem of this magnitude is to ever be solved then we have to look at more than good intentions and judge efforts by actual results.

    African leaders that receive this aid must at least give some semblance of effort to try and help their people. To sit back like a welfare recipient and ask where’s my check is not helping.

    We know this is happening because the more we give the more they need. If they were using this money to initiate trade and not as a weapon of control over their own people then less aid would be required. Poverty won’t be eliminated all at once, but there should at least be a steady decline. We simply have to look at their poverty level to see if aid is working. Since it is increasing we have evidence of failure.

    Bono, through his fervor to help in reality is propping up these leaders who are the problem. Their incentive to grow their countries prosperity is squelched when this much money is laid before them. They are living large while the people continue to suffer.

    Now this can’t be considered a blanket statement over all of Africa because a few nations do show signs of improvement, but far too many are not.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    June 12, 2007 at 12:28 pm

  12. LC-
    I totally agree with you.
    I just am saying that I DO believe he has good motives.
    My comment wasn’t a disagreement with your post, but rather a disagreement to this comment:
    Bono suffers from a popular Hollywood affliction in that he is one of those people that has acquired a great amount of personal wealth and now feels guilty about it when he sees so many with nothing.


    June 14, 2007 at 3:46 am

  13. Hi mz

    I suppose we could give Bono the benefit of the doubt and consider his good motives as pure as the wind driven snow. But what are we to do when his method creates more long term harm than good?

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    June 14, 2007 at 1:38 pm

  14. honestly you guys should be ashamed of your selfs. Bono has funded so many events and given to so many organizations. I bet none of you
    have been three time nominee of the Nobel Peace Prize. So just screw off.

    Lady Crimson

    September 14, 2008 at 8:42 pm

  15. Hi Lady Crimson – a great pretender no doubt.

    Bono has been very generous in his giving – unfortunately his generosity is limited to using other people’s money.

    As for being a nominee for the Noble Peace Price, this doesn’t hold the grand prestige it once did. When a mass murderer and bugger of boys like Yasser Arafat actually wins, then being nominated is hardly something to be cherished.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    September 15, 2008 at 10:16 am

  16. […] are.Bono: Without Bill Clinton ‘Universe Just Wouldn’t Be As Friendly To Humans’Saving Africa with your money….?By Noel Sheppard On Thursday, Time magazine published a love letter from activist and musician Bono […]

  17. Every country that has pulled itself out of poverty ..

    The operative words are “pulled itself”. Africa has to pull itself out of poverty. If they continue to rely on outsiders, UN, EU, aid groups, NGOs, charities etc, they will develop a dependency culture.

    In fact, that culture is well nigh fully developed. It will take an effort for Africa and Africans to move away from that culture, and restore pride in themselves.


    May 2, 2010 at 1:12 pm

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