Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Who Knew Socialism Paid So Well?

One of the more interesting facets of the lurid story of Dominique Strauss-Kahn is the lifestyle to which Mr. Strauss-Kahn was accustomed:

Just note that the New York Times states that he was staying in a $3,000 a night suite and was taking a first class flight to Paris. This is the IMF, the body that imposes austerity on indebted countries and is funded by global taxpayers. And this was the likely leading socialist candidate for the French presidency.
UPDATE: One more detail emerged this morning. According to the London Times, Mr Strauss-Kahn had an arrangment with Air France whereby he could just turn up and be put on the first plane.

And here I thought socialism was supposedly all about lifting up the little people...

Well, no. It's all about promising to, in order to obtain the proletariat's vote. And then when in power, keep promising early and often enough to distract them from the fact that one hasn't yet delivered the miracle and in actuality never will - because there isn't enough money in all the world to do it.

But rather than face those facts, one must soak in the trappings of power, since after all, one's earned it, straining to serve the little people. Surely they understand...

Not only that, but in order to relieve that stress, one has to waylay any woman he fancies, it's so stressful. This is hardly the first time for Mr. Strauss-Kahn.

Fascinating that the intellectual heirs of the French Revolution prove to be no more noble than the aristocrats they supposedly despise, but cannot help but emulate.

It's amazing how presicient Orwell was in Animal Farm...


P.S. Note Victor Davis Hanson's take on the topic.

P.P.S. Looks like VDH is right.