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Just in case you missed this critical point amidst appearances by Will Smith, Madonna, the Black- Eyed Peas, and the scores of other celebrities and rock bands who hit concert stages across the world to "end poverty in Africa," I'll enlighten you: Live 8 raised NO MONEY FOR POVERTY IN AFRICA.
(Thanks to Jonah Goldberg of the National Review Online for pointing this out in his latest article.)
Pardon my ignorance, but I was under the assumption that Live 8 was a charity gig to benefit the poverty-stricken continent. Perhaps I misunderstood the implication of the event's slogan, "Make Poverty History." While a tall order to be sure, isn't one fine way to begin alleviating poverty to give money? How about having concert-goers donate canned goods? Perhaps one dollar for every ticket sold should go to helping poor Africans? Anything would have been nice.
Thousands of concert-goers, dozens of celebrities, lots of noise and the only thing "raised" was a statement - "make poverty history." Essentially, not only did Live 8 not end poverty in Africa, it forfeited a perfectly good opportunity to actually do something about the problem.
Yeah, we get it. Poverty is bad. Ending it is good. TRY AGAIN, Live 8.