Monday, March 07, 2005

Bono and The World Bank

In what might be called the dumbest move of the year, it seems as if Bono is actually being considered to run the world bank. Now some may think, "what's the president of the world bank even do?" If you are thinking that, there's a very good explaination of this person's duty over at Slate. Let me assure you, this is not a figure head position, it's actually a job that requires a person who knows what they're doing. I mean seriously, it's not like we're not talking about being the governor of California.

Bono has been quite outspoken in the past five years about the AIDS pandemic in Africa as well as debts of third world countries and has challenged many people of influence to get off their butts and do something about it (see articles on his meetings with BUSH, The Pope, and even all of our favorite CCM Stars. I think that it's interesting that if you're out spoken about an issue for long enough it some how makes you qualified to run major organizations in the world. If there is one thing that is encouraging about this rediculous idea it is the fact that we know for sure that Bono would be giving away money to the places we wish he'd be giving it to, that is until he gets fired or killed.

I guess this does answer the question posed by Dusty in the comments of one of the posts about robots that a group of people (or for that matter one very rich rock star) and some good ideas can make a difference.

Who am I kidding, there's no way this will ever happen. Oh well.

You can read about how much Bono loves Jesus here.


At 3/08/2005 2:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What Bono is doing, and the WAY he's doing it are more aligned with the life of Jesus than anything happening in the organizational church today. I love hearing all the evangelicals trying so desperately to stick him in a box so they can understand him.

Can't fit Bono in a box, just like you can't put God in a box. Doesn't make Bono God, just...unboxable.

At 3/08/2005 6:13 PM, Blogger jonny said...

I'll box Bono. If I win, he has to take every U2 album since 1991 off the shelves. Stop making music, man!

At 3/08/2005 6:45 PM, Blogger jonny said...

In all seriousness though, I think the point Andy was trying to make is that anyone with a B.A. in economics is more qualified to run the World Bank than Bono. Sometimes being a Jesus lover doesn't always equate with great leadership. See our president for a good example.

But on second thought, if Bono were Presy of the WB, he probably wouldn't have time to make any more horrible records....

Where do I sign up?

At 3/08/2005 9:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm with you on the '91-'00; but, come on, "All that You Can't..." and "How to Dismantle..." are pretty solid.

Your point about Bono's and W's fitness for leadership is well taken. Although I have no evidence of Bush's Jesus-lovin' other than his claims. And Bono talking about the spiritual and moral dimensions of AIDS and debt relief is a hell of a lot more convincing than Dobson talking about protecting our children. And Dobson has a Ph.D.

At 3/09/2005 12:53 AM, Blogger jonny said...

touche. (is that even how you spell touche?)

At 3/09/2005 12:50 PM, Blogger Jake Sikora said...

Touche is a gay bar down the road from my house, right next to Jackhammer. So I know how to spell it.

More importantly, I agree with the fact that Bono doing something for the world is great, but his music does the exact opposite. And I'm sorry but judging the more recent U2 efforts off of the previous mistakes doesn't mean that it is not still terrible music. In general, I would rather support the position that Bono is God than I would that U2 does not suck.

At 3/09/2005 3:57 PM, Anonymous joey said...

there is a highway in mozambique that was basically funded and formulated by the World Bank. This type of action by the world bank seems amazing economically but has horrible implications. HIV ridden men from South Africa have been using this highway for business purposes, spreading HIV through Mozambique at rates that nobody would have guessed. Bono would be more intune to these types of dilemas despite his lack of business skill. Not to mention the bloke has money so I'm sure he isn't a complete dunce.

At 3/10/2005 12:18 PM, Blogger Jake Sikora said...

hey joey. i guess i agree that bono may have a better understanding of the crisis facing the world than a buisiness professor, but doesn't the world bank have more to do with international debt and financing poverty striken economies? Maybe what we're getting at is the need for a joint leadership in these types of organizations, with someone like bono and then someone who knows more about money management. Your last comment tempted me to make a list of people who contradict the claim that "the bloke has money so I'm sure he isn't a complete dunce."
-Paris Hilton
-Jessica Simpson
-Jay Leno
-The Huntington College Board of Trustees

you get the picture.

At 3/10/2005 2:40 PM, Anonymous joey said...

touche (not the gay bar)


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