The political causes of famine in the Horn of Africa are completely absent from the rhetoric of Bono’s ONE campaign.
The impact of celebrity activists unmoored to social movements is likely to be superficial.
The Judeo-Christian tradition is filled with stories of individuals who have gained access to political leaders. Their advice to the powerful often secures the protection and wellbeing of marginalized people. Take the example of Queen Esther. She used her access to King Ahasuerus to protect the Jews from destruction. But Esther did not act alone. At every step of the way she relied on the advice of her cousin Mordecai who sat at the King’s gate protesting the policies of the King’s highest governor, Haman.