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A Different Caste

May 16, 2011 by

The biggest surprise of the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal is that his room at the Sofitel Hotel in New York was priced at $3,000 per night, according to various news reports. And the reason he could be arrested at all and not enjoy diplomatic immunity: he was on private business. One wonders what that might be.

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J. Murray May 16, 2011 at 10:30 am

This is the guy that called the banking system “too greedy” and needed more regulation. I wonder if he falls under that category of greedy for being able to afford $3,000 per day, other than the exception that it’s himself.

augusto May 16, 2011 at 1:49 pm

hmmm… no, but he might think the hotel owner was too greedy for charging that much for a room.

mikey May 16, 2011 at 11:44 am

No-one told Dominique Strauss-Kahn that being Director of the IMF doesn’t mean you get to do to people what the IMF does to countries.

Capn Mike May 16, 2011 at 11:54 am

I also like the first-class seat on demand from Air France.

Ned Netterville May 16, 2011 at 12:16 pm

In his inordinately expensive hotel room and airline seat, Strauss-Kahn, a socialist, was merely doing what virtually everyone does when they are in a position to buy something with OPM (sounds like opium, is equally addicting, stands for other people’s money). Raping hotel maids isn’t exclusively within the province of socialist OPM-eaters, only more prevalent there.

HL May 16, 2011 at 10:53 pm

lol…as a good socialist he was merely seeking to take from her according to his needs. Marx was a rapist, too, me thinks me remembers Johnson writing.

Eugene Garner May 16, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Although rape is a reprehensible act and prosecution is just retribution, can anyone tell me why so much blatant crime in government and big corporations is recognized, but no one is arrested, indicted or prosecuted? We all know the crimes the banking industry committed and not only no indictments, they were awarded bailouts!

Our elected and appointed representatives constantly violate their oath to obey and protect the Constitution and nary an indictment. Isn’t treason (violation of oath of office) reason for impeachment and prosecution? Where is Congress with the impeachable actions of our liar-in-chief?

I guess they are all so guilty that they can’t point the finger. Guess it’s time for pitchforks and tar and feathers…… No, the citizenry is too dumbed down for that. (sigh!)

Gene Berman May 18, 2011 at 4:44 am

ugene Garner:

The answer to your generalized question is right in front of you–in your (untrue) statement that “We all know the crimes the banking industry committed.”

The plain fact is that “we” do not know. Not me, not you, and probably not the various prosecutors digging around for evidence of wrongdoing. Part of the problem (though not all of it) is that vast amounts of behavior that was once clearly criminal is no longer in that category.

At one time, there was a clear delineation between “investment banking” and “banking.” The former was recognized as involved in taking risks with its own and shareholders’ money in search of large profits; “banking,” on the other hand, was supposed to be involved primarily in very low-risk, usually collateralized loans. Where years ago (I couldn’t tell you when the change occurred or when) the two were kept apart legally, that’s changed.

The problems are deep–going all the way back to the very existence of the Fed and the fractional reserve system. But the most proximate cause of the latest was the bailout (on the backs of the taxpayers) of the depositors in the failed S & Ls back under the elder George
Bush–setting in motion an enlarging “moral hazard.”

Bruce Koerber May 16, 2011 at 1:27 pm

A buddy of the unConstitutional coup, no doubt. But betrayal is an inherent part of this whole corruption scheme.

EzekielZ May 16, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Eugene — I just watched a pretty good Italian movie called “The Sicilian Girl.” Spoilers to follow.The teenage girl in the movie grew up in a Mafia family in southern Sicily, and she turns state’s evidence against many there at a trial in Rome. There’s an interesting scene at the end where scores of federal police raid the town and arrest pretty much everyone of importance — the mayor, police chief, wealthy and respected citizens, etc.Same in DC — everyone at the top is breaking the law with impunity, so when you arrest one you’ll need to arrest them all.I guess I don’t need to tell you that “The Sicilian Girl” is based on a true story. Nor do I need to mention that Rome is just as corrupt as Palermo.

EzekielZ May 16, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Eugene — I just watched a pretty good Italian movie called “The Sicilian Girl.” Spoilers to follow.

The teenage girl in the movie grew up in a Mafia family in southern Sicily, and she turn’s state’s evidence against many there at a trial in Rome. There’s an interesting scene at the end where scores of federal police raid the town and arrest pretty much everyone of importance — the mayor, police chief, wealthy and respected citizens, etc.

Same in DC — everyone at the top is breaking the law with impunity, so when you arrest one you’ll need to arrest them all.

I guess I don’t need to tell you that “The Sicilian Girl” is based on a true story. Nor do I need to mention that Rome is just as corrupt as Palermo.

Ohhh Henry May 16, 2011 at 10:10 pm

And the reason he could be arrested at all and not enjoy diplomatic immunity: he was on private business. One wonders what that might be.

Would having off-the-record meetings with third-world political leaders and negotiating bribes in return for IMF goodies be considered private business? Hypothetically speaking of course.

If that was the “private business” taking place, then it’s easy to imagine that hookers were also part of the deal. If one was expecting a hooker to appear, and was used to treating them abusively or otherwise playing rough with them, then perhaps that explains this small, ah, contretemps.

It is also possible that he was set up and entrapped by government agents (guess whose government) for crimes such as, oh I don’t know, plotting against the USD by recommending or assisting IMF clients to replace their dollars with something a little more … solid. I understand that bad things frequently happen to people who resist Dollar Hegemony.

Sione May 17, 2011 at 12:26 am

Some of the radio jocks around here reckon that what went wrong was that the maid was giving him such a jolly good polishing when one of her work colleagues happened upon the scene. What could she do? Lose her job over a single quick trick? Hell no! Another version has it that he was such a weird knob that he thought he could get away with treating any available woman in the district for his own sexual satisfaction (regardless of what she may prefer) since he’d done it before and always the money talked (or rather, prevented the talk). If so, the guy was delusional to think that’d be a safe play in the USA at this time- especially when he was about to get heavily into competitive politics at the top level in France and what with all the IMF stuff he’s been into he’s bound to have enemies. He’s given them more than enough rope to hang him with.

Anyway, the court case is going to be far more interesting than even the wildest stories being generated by the radio guys. What ever will Kahn’s story be? It’ll have to be a goodie. That’s for sure. Meanwhile he’s going to have to realise that from now on he Kahnt.

Sione

Ohhh Henry May 17, 2011 at 9:19 am

It boggles the mind to observe the shenanigans which accompany politics and international finance. Consider the three-way race (such as it is) for President of France. An alleged fascist and racist, an alleged CIA agent, and an alleged rapist and known IMF bag man. Anyone who thinks that these three gentlemen just happened to stumble into the campaign for president out of their own private ideals and dreams is in my opinion severely out of touch. I’m not saying that the entire campaign has been orchestrated by the same hand, but it should be clear that each of these candidates is some kind of front for various power interests which do not wish to be known for what they are.

In a race where the same people are controlling all major candidates you won’t hear allegations of rape or or racism. What you will see is one candidate meekly backing down after being given a huge slab of steak to chew on (see “Edmund” Hillary Clinton). France however appears to be a dueling ground for warring factions and is not the private turf of any single faction, the way that the USA, UK and Germany appear to be. The factions were unable to determine the outcome in the back room, so out come the brass knuckles and tear gas.

Perhaps with his IMF connections, the alleged rapist DSK is a creature of the up-and-coming BRIC bloc (assuming there is such a thing). Sarkozy appears to be the tool of USA and Israel, and Le Pen I have no idea – possibly he represents some kind of European conservative-reactionary faction which disdains internationalist scheming.

All the more reason to boycott any and all voting and other forms of so-called democratic participation. Why be the tool of people who only want to rob and enslave you? You may not be able to openly defy them but you can easily deny them any grounds for the claim that their actions are an expression of the people’s will.

billwald May 17, 2011 at 11:12 am

Thanks for noting the new international caste!!!!

This guy is supposed to be helping poor people in poor nations and pays more for one night’s sleep than most poor people earn in a year. But isn’t this exactly how unregulated capitalism is supposed to work?

The biggest scam of the 20th century was convincing the high end working class that they are “middle class” and don’t need organized labor (because any US citizen can grow up to be the president AND a millionaire . . . didn’t Obama prove it?) I predict the USA is voluntarily segregating into a serf class and an owner class. The middle class will again be mostly professionals and small business owners, maybe 15% of the population.

HL May 17, 2011 at 11:51 am

I have to say the cops were pretty johnny-on-the-spot in nabbing him before he could blast off on Air France. Impressive.

Walt D. May 18, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Dominique Strauss-Kahn is going to head up the TSA.
“celui qui rira le dernier, rit le plus fort”.

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