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  • People do tend to listen when famous people opine, with or without any solid basis for their opinions. This makes me think of the rock musician who noted that so many people were listening to him that he concluded he must have been saying something!
  • There’s clearly no connection whatsoever between a celebrity’s fame and any perceived expertise in politics, world events, etc. But there is always the Fans + Groupies Factor. When Brad Pitt grows a beard, men all over the world do the same. When Megan Markle carries a purple handbag, her fans dash out to buy copies. Likewise, when celebrities voice opinions, other people listen; some are influenced, some are not. But, having such a platform, many famous people take advantage of it to advance t…