Live8 organizer Bob Geldof was furious that some people who got tickets to the July concert(s) for African Famine Relief were selling their tickets on eBay. The website has since pulled all the sellers, but will not reverse completed transactions.
Something Geldof said is confusing, though:
“I am sick with this. It is a disgrace. It is completely against the interests of the poor. The people who are selling these tickets on websites are miserable wretches who are capitalizing on people’s misery. I am appealing to their sense of decency to stop this disgusting greed.”
What is against the interests of the poor? The tickets were free. Nothing is being taken from the mouths of the starving, and the money being paid for tickets wasn’t earmarked for Africa.
“Capitalizing on people’s misery”? No, they’re capitalizing on people’s desire to see Paul McCartney and Pink Floyd. Am I underthinking this?
Frankly, the whole situation in Africa could use a little well place capitalism. Geldof should have given Africans the tickets, supplied them with computers, and taught them how to sell them on eBay. Africans would have gotten more money quicker, all while getting a little lesson in capitalism.
This whole thing outlines the problem with the kind of globalist governmental “living in a vacuum” thinking that goes on when people with U.N.-style bureaucratic mindsets make a plan. Human nature is never taken into account. Free tickets to something where demand will be high? Good luck keeping money from changing hands on that one.
Instead of figuring out what will happen in a dynamic capitalistic environment and planning accordingly, Geldof simply arm twists to keep capitalism from taking place. That’s a microcosm of the very problems in Africa, and why misery rules the day there.