Dominique Strauss-Kahn says you can’t criminalize lust.
I’m sure David said the same thing while he was looking on Bathsheba. “Lust” is unlawful desire — something that can be very dangerous when powerful men are mastered by it. Strauss-Kahn has been the head of the IMF and also held important and powerful positions in France.
Strauss-Kahn made his statement to defend recent lurid revelations about his sexual perversions. This is treated by the media as a grand joke. The idea of our ruling class living in a world that resembles Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut” movie is dismissed out of hand. Either the details are being exaggerated or Strauss-Kahn was some kind of anomaly.
But the details reported in the New York Times this week are disturbing, not only from the standpoint of moral behavior, but also from the standpoint of political corruption. According to the report, “The exclusive orgies called “parties fines” — lavish Champagne affairs costing around $13,000 each — were organized as a roving international circuit from Paris to Washington by businessmen seeking to ingratiate themselves with Mr. Strauss-Kahn.” This is all shrugged off as the confession of a sex-addict who couldn’t resist the allure of multiple simultaneous women. The only reason it may get him in trouble, if this story is to be believed, is because there weren’t enough women willing to service him for free. There were prostitutes present, which he claims he was ignorant about.
If Strauss-Kahn seems impossibly naïve when he makes such claims, the New York Times story seems even more so. They claim that “the most perplexing question in the Strauss-Kahn affair is how a career politician with ambition to lead one of Europe’s most powerful nations was blinded to the possibility that his zest for sex parties could present a liability, or risk blackmail.”
No, the most perplexing question is, why is the New York Times is ignoring the corruption that they reveal in their own story? Strauss-Kahn was, until his recent rape accusation in New York City (the case has been dismissed), the managing director of the International Monetary Fund. He was in charge of the agency telling other nations how to impose austerity in order to gain financial benefits. Just who were these sponsors “from Paris to Washington” who were investing lavish amounts of money to give Strauss-Kahn orgies? They obviously wanted something from him. Who were they and what did Strauss-Kahn given them?
If this story is true at all, then all the participants were prostitutes. They were lobbying the IMF with sex.
The story goes on to describe the owner of a medical supply company in France who, a few years ago, “invested around $65,000 in party expenses, betting on the political rise of Mr. Strauss-Kahn.” This is open corruption, the buying of influence and who knows what else with the coin of vice.
Did representatives of Greece ever get to supply Strauss-Kahn’s lusts? Or did bondholders invest in a few pervert parties first?
The media tries to portray Strauss-Kahn’s sexual practices as some sort of anomaly, but how did Strauss-Kahn participate in regular orgies “from Paris to Washington” with other powerful people if he was the lone sexual “libertine”? The evidence fits better with a weird subculture of powerful people who get off on treating women like toys.
How much of the world is ruled by a few men’s lusts?