Dear Mr. Gates,
I just wanted to thank you for your personal appearance at last week’s Live8 show in London.
You added some important business-side credibility to the event.
I was quite surprised when you were introduced on stage.
You did a great job.
I don’t believe in trickle down economics and I think the Invisible Hand leaves something to be desired.
Too many Americans don’t realize they were born into privilege. Evidently you do. Self-made, indeed.
I appreciate that many people have written off Live8 and its intentions. That’s their prerogative*. I would ask however that people actually look into its stated goals before writing the campaign off. Trade liberalization is an important plank of the Make Poverty History prospectus. The Commission for Africa is not some soft-hearted soft-headed document. It details the corrosive affects of corruption and the need for reform on the continent.
G8 is not about hand outs, which is one reason, I assume, that you became involved. Thanks again to you and your wife Melinda for your Live8 booster and all your charitable works.
* Its no surprise the privileged should exercise this prerogative:
pre·rog·a·tive ( P ) Pronunciation Key (pr-rg-tv)
- An exclusive right or privilege held by a person or group, especially a hereditary or official right. See Synonyms at right.
- The exclusive right and power to command, decide, rule, or judge: the principal’s prerogative to suspend a student.
- A special quality that confers superiority.
** My favorite “naysay” on the subject came from Noel Gallagher of pub rock band Oasis. As he said recently:
Correct me if I’m wrong, but are they hoping that one of these guys from the G8 is on a quick 15 minute break at Gleneagles (in Scotland) and sees ANNIE LENNOX singing SWEET DREAMS and thinks, ‘F**k me, she might have a point there, you know?’
“KEANE doing SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW and some Japanese businessman going, ‘Aw, look at him… we should really f**king drop that debt, you know.
“It’s not going to happen, is it?”
Good point Noel, but what if you are wrong? We live in a world dictated by media agendas. As your huge album sales amply demonstrate.