You may find it interesting to listen to my friend Henry Farrell on bloggingheads.tv discussing the "celebri-tization" of politics (among other things) with Dan Drezner. The conversation is prompted in part by Drezner's recent essay in the con/neo-con leaning National Interest ~ "Foreign Policy Goes Glam." I have weighed in on related matters here and here and here in the past and tend to agree with Henry on this issue. My sense is that Bono, Angelina Jolie, et. al. bring panache to the privatization of policy issues, nothing more. And if we find the underlying privatization dubious the panache is not redeeming. I do not think famine, epidemic, war & peace, etc. properly are matters of philanthropy. In my view Al Gore and his campaign and Bill Gates and his foundation and Erik Prince and his Blackwater mercenaries [1 2 3 4 5 6 7] all are privatizing and moralizing politics, both domestic and international, in highly dubious ways.