Monday, June 27, 2005

Live 8 Skepticism

Note to Bob Geldof:

No, I am not going to feel guilty about living in an economically successful capitalist country, no matter what you call your stinking concert. No, I don't think the American taxpayer has an obligation to carry the bill for money stolen in a faraway land by corrupt dicatators, so I don't readily accept your call for no strings attached debt forgiveness. No, I don't think that your self congratulatory charity with money pilfered from common Americans is worthy of praise. No, I don't think your "Live Aid" event was the defining moment of a generation.

And now it appears the results were even worse than I could possibly have imagined.

Oh, and that insipid "We are the World" tripe that your adoring minions foisted on us back in the day? Well, this scathing analysis outta PJ O'Rourke puts it in its proper place:

We are the world (solipsism)
We are the children (average age near forty)
We are the ones who make a brighter day (unproven)
So let's start giving (logical inference supplied without argument)
There's a choice we're making (true as far as it goes)
We're saving our own lives (absurd)
It's true we'll make a better day (see line 3 above)
Just you and me (statistically unlikely)

"That's three palpable untruths, two dubious assertions, nine uses of a first person pronoun, not a single reference to trouble or anybody in it and no facts. The verse contains, literally, neither rhyme nor reason."

credit to commenter "Stevo Darkly" on the Reason Hit and Run blog


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