The Frontman

The Frontman

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Celebrity philanthropy comes in many guises, but no single figure better encapsulates its delusions, pretensions and wrongheadedness than U2a€™s iconic frontman, Bonoa€”a fact neither sunglasses nor leather pants can hide. More than a mere philanthropista€”indeed, he lags behind many of his peers when it comes to parting with his own moneya€”Bono is better described as an advocate, one who has become an unwitting symbol of a complacent wealthy Western elite. The Frontman reveals how Bono moved his investments to Amsterdam to evade Irish taxes; his paternalistic and often bullying advocacy of neoliberal solutions in Africa; his multinational business interests; and his hobnobbing with Paul Wolfowitz and shock-doctrine economist Jeffrey Sachs. Carefully dissecting the rhetoric and actions of Bono the political operator, The Frontman shows him to be an ambassador for imperial exploitation, a man who has turned his attention to a world of savage injustice, inequality and exploitationa€”and helped make it worse. From the Trade Paperback edition.whereby not only do particular companies get injected with the purifying Bono medicine, but transnational consumer capitalism as a whole ... And got a T-shirt, a mocha latte and an iPod Nano in the bargain. (Recall that Bono publicised ( RED) by going on a televised shopping spree with Oprah Winfrey, who called him a#39;the reigning king of hopea#39;.) ... meet Bono: Powers-Freeling says the company , more often associated with power lunches than global poverty, had an immediate meetinganbsp;...

Title:The Frontman
Author: Harry Browne
Publisher:Verso Books - 2013-06-04

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