Bono’s Top Ten for the Next Ten

Bono.jpgFrom the NYTimes: Bono makes ten suggestions for the next ten years. What do you think of his suggestions? (You can see his top ten at the link above.)

IF we have overindulged in anything these past several days, it is neither holiday ham nor American football; it is Top 10 lists. We have been stuffed full of them. Even in these self-restrained pages, it has been impossible to avoid the end-of-the-decade accountings of the 10 best such-and-suches and the 10 worst fill-in-the-blanks.

And so, in the spirit of rock star excess, I offer yet another.

The main difference, if it matters, is that this list looks forward, not backward. So here, then, are 10 ideas that might make the next 10 years more interesting, healthy or civil. Some are trivial, some fundamental. They have little in common with one another except that I am seized by each, and moved by its potential to change our world.

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  • An impressive and intelligent list. His stock just rose in my mind.

  • Having been a fan of Bono since college, I’m increasingly thankful for his mind and voice in the world. His view on vehicles was a bit unorthodox (but humorously thoughtful), and I liked his emphasis on nonviolent revolution and the role of soccer in undermining war. Let’s hope he’s not too naive about North Korea or Iran.

  • MarkP

    Love the “pay to pollute” model. I’ve always thought it should be done for domestic cars: publish a baseline mpg number and require people wanting to buy a car with an mpg below that number to buy the rights from people wanting to buy a car with an mpg above that number. If lots of people buy Hummers, then the marketplace will dictate that buying mpgs will get more expensive (because there will be fewer of them) so Hummers will get more expensive. On the other hand, efficient cars will get cheaper, because you’ll get a premium of valuable mpgs to sell. And if you’re an environmentalist you can buy your Prius and throw away the mpgs you’ve earned, thus reducing pollution twice.

  • Rick

    Apparently not all are excited by his thoughts.
    From the BBC:
    “The editorial drew sharp criticism, both on its economic merits and for the suggestion of net content policing…In a move that drew significant criticism, Bono went on to suggest that the feasibility of tracking down file-sharers had already been proven…Several commentators assailed both the logic of net monitoring and the economic arguments of the essay, pointing out that U2 topped 2009’s list of top-grossing live acts…”Bono has missed that even a totalitarian government…can’t effectively control net-content,” tweeted Cory Doctorow, a blogger and journalist noted for his study of file-sharing policy.”