Challenge of the Week (Belated): Ghislaine Maxwell, Political Prisoner
We have heard much too much, in the past few years, about Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts. I wonder how people would respond to the argument that these cases are more in the nature of a public ritual or show trials than they are actual legal procedures?
Item: Virginia Roberts, who ran away from home and sold her body on the street, worked for Epstein and Maxwell in procuring other young women.
Item: Few of the accusers can verify their claims with third party witnesses, and, while shielding themselves from public scrutiny--in violation of the ancient legal principle that the accused has a right to face his accusers--may well have similar records as Roberts.
Item: Epstein and his accomplices were friends and collaborators with rich and powerful people who so far do not have to face any music: Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, and Bill Gates--to name only three. These trials would seem to be letting the cat out of the bag. There really is one law for us and another for them.
Item: People like Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Bill Gates, Hugh Hefner, and virtually everyone connected with the entertainment industry are lionized for living for their heroic freedom in abandoning every principle of restraint and decency. Harvey Weinstein is only distinguished from the celebrities he paid is in being fat, ugly, and boorish.
Item: American government schooling at all levels is devoted to sexual liberation. Through sex education classes, contraception and abortion counseling, one message is given to children and minors: Anything you do is all right so long as no new life enters the world. If teenage sex is being preached in the schools, surely it is rank hypocrisy to draw arbitrary lines about who may have what relations with whom--unless the whole point is for the government to take over all authority in sexual matters.
Conclusion: Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, and Prince Andrew are convenient scapegoats for an American elite class that wants rejects every conventional moral principle and refuses to accept responsibility for its actions. It is hard to find a parallel, apart from "ethics investigations" in Congress. To appreciate the stupendous quality of the hypocrisy, imagine Hitler putting Goebbels on trial for anti-Semitism.