Nothing could have illustrated the shameful condition of our current economic and political models more acutely this week than images of Hollywood celebrities courting the UK Royal Couple shown side by side with film of starving African babies. While wealthy stars paid $25,000 a table to get a sight of William and Kate, thousands are struggling to feed themselves on the other side of the world. Nothing could more scathingly condemn our lack of progress in achieving justice and fairness for all people of the earth than this. Where does the blame lie?
The experts agree that such disasters are avoidable, but while it is impossible to blame any single individual, institution or private enterprise for the appalling conditions in which up to a third of the world still live, we should and can place the responsibility for finding a way out of this mess at the door of those powers who are responsible for financial and political management in the world. Instead of berating celebrities-news.space the Greeks for not paying taxes, perhaps we should be looking at those billionaires who pay accountants millions to avoid taxation altogether. Instead of propping up bankers who failed to do their job properly, perhaps we should be aiming to support those who lost homes and businesses during the credit crunch. Instead of directing our firepower at those regimes which control the oil reserves, perhaps we ought to be spending more time negotiating with those countries who regularly suffer from famine and neglect.
Nobody denies that the majority of Hollywood celebrities are famous for a reason, talented and charismatic individuals who have contributed to the quality of our lives through culture, and it is not their fault that via the film industry they are powerfully enriched as a result. Similarly, our business culture directs vast sums towards those companies which most successfully manage to produce and sell product that makes our lives easier or more pleasant. But at some point some kind of community spirit has to kick in. In the absence of empowered people taking personal responsibility for the plight of others in the world, a higher authority needs to make the choice for them.
The amount of cash needed to avert the sort of disasters that regularly occur in East Africa is pitifully small compared to vast sums that are awash every day in the money markets. If as much effort and investment were directed towards poverty and disease as is plied into Middle East war zones, what a difference we would see. The ordinary person in the street is generous. Over eight million pounds was raised for the DEC organization in two days just from the UK. What a boon to these relief agencies if billionaires and millionaires around the world were compelled to make a correspondingly generous donation.