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An Anti-Bono Backlash?

October 10, 2009 by

Quentin Letts on a “scruffy little man” who cheerleads for the forced redistribution of “our hard-earned cash to distant dictatorships.” Peter Bauer would agree.


Beefcake the Mighty October 10, 2009 at 6:59 pm

I hate Bono; it’s about time someone said this. Bono deserves to be dirty sanchezed by Michael Moore.

newson October 10, 2009 at 10:28 pm

and for god’s sake, have a shave and lose the fog-light-yellow glasses. scruffy already has a name – sir bob geldof.

Sebastian October 11, 2009 at 7:31 am

I read the first two paragraphs of that article really fast so that I could scroll down and not have that smug glaring at me from my monitor.

Sebastian October 11, 2009 at 7:40 am

correction: *that smug face*

Current October 11, 2009 at 8:47 am

His name is already mud in Ireland.

He moved his property holdings to the Netherlands for tax reasons.

Kierkeguardian October 12, 2009 at 4:44 am

Slavoj Zizek (a Leftist and Marxist for sure but still a fascinating person) has a very interesting critique (from a Leftist perspective of course) of people like Bono.
If one is operating under a leftwing paradigm, which I’m sure Bono is, then what he is doing is actually bad. He is trying to minimize the negative effects of capitalism (remember that under his worldview, it’s ‘greed’ that is responsible for all the bad things in the world) and in effect is actually preserving the current evil-greedy-capitalist system by trying to patch up its flaws and by patching these flaws is helping them to continue. So in effect, people like Bono (Zizek uses his trademark habit of creating idiosyncratic labels and calls them ‘liberal communists’) are pretty much hypocrites even under the system they work under.

And that’s not even including how much money he spends on fashion. Champagne-socialists are always the funniest kind.

MariusAureus October 12, 2009 at 6:17 am

Poor people does not need money – they need first and foremost ideas of freedom and self-respect.
Living life grounded in theese ideas they always manage successfully with everything…

Current October 12, 2009 at 7:06 am


This is an old debate in Marxist circles. Marx argued that revolution is inevitable. Many modern leftists no longer make that argument, they say it must be brought about.

The question some ask is: is the “tendency for the rate of profit to fall” actually real? Under remotely sensible versions of the transformation problem it isn’t. So, the means Marx pointed to for why revolution would happen is not correct. This leads the more modern leftists to the view that they must fight for revolution rather than waiting for it to happen.

The other argument has a lot to do with morals. Some Marxists don’t believe that Marxism is really moral. This is an apparently odd way of looking at things, but it makes some sense if you read a bit more about it.

Gil October 12, 2009 at 8:39 am

No Marcus they need to learn productive skills.

Duh! October 12, 2009 at 8:52 am

I always hated bono, I think he is a self-righteous do-gooder. But him keeping some of his lucre out of the hands of the state, has just bumped him up a couple of notches in my eyes.

R.P. McCosker October 12, 2009 at 11:23 am

I’m glad I prefer classical music instead (and generally can’t stand to listen to any of the rock from the last quarter century).

What particularly strikes me, though, is how rock “artists” have this tendency to try to lecture the rest of us on moral behavior. The rock scene not only exemplifies but celebrates: depravity, promiscuity, indolence, gluttony, irresponsible hedonism, and waste (here’s an idea to fight “global warming”: save on electricity by turning down the deafening volume at rock “concerts”). Yet somehow its more visible practitioners must lecture the rest of us on how to live more ethically and altruistically. (Hmm, maybe if I was a shrink I’d say this was “compensatory behavior.”)

Bono. Oh yes, isn’t he the “artist” famous for his $5,000 hat and $2,000 sunglasses? How I look to him for a moral voice.

Jack Rollins December 2, 2009 at 1:57 pm

Every rock star should die from drugs or drink at around about the age of 27 and have legions of youngsters worship them forever as iconic. Many of the more impressionable youngsters will then follow suit into the abyss of debauchery. Oh, there is a certain Irish guy and questionable though it may be for some of the apparent hypocracies, would it be better if Bono did nothing at all? In the bible, it is written: Let not the left hand know what the right hand is doing. Bono claims to be a Christian and if what he is doing is a demonic or bullshit ego serving activity,I believe in God and God will judge him severely.I realise I am already a prick now to those caught up in the Dawkins delusion. I sincerely doubt that he is a false or bad person. Looking at it another way, Bono and his band had it made well by 1987 and Bono could have laid back in a hammock in the sun for the rest of his life with all the hedonistic comforts that people of his wealth let eat up their souls completely. He left that to the likes of Spandau Ballet and Hugh Hefner. C’MON. Why would anybody like him be bothering his bollocks to keep on doing what he is doing and not mean it. Good on the guy. We can all keep throwing the stones from our armchairs.

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