Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Fall of Strauss-Kahn

Written by Greg Oxley in Paris
Thursday, 19 May 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn Photo: IMF/ Michael Spilotro

How the mighty have fallen! Whatever the truth of the allegations of sexual assault and rape brought against him in New York, Dominique Strauss-Kahn is guilty of horrific crimes. As the head of the IMF, he is guilty of the political rape of the working people and the poorest sections of society in many underdeveloped countries. He is guilty of the rape of Greece and Portugal. Before finding himself in prison, he contributed to locking millions of people into a living hell. His brutal “remedies” inflict suffering and hardship on the poor in order to protect the interests of the bankers, the capitalists, the rich.

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Ross Wolfe said...

This is a hugely relevant story. We can use a reprieve from my long theoretical article to discuss this, something more concrete.

Ross Wolfe said...

P.S. -- I like the new background.

The Sentinel said...

But isn't he one of your fellow ideologues?

(Although I must admit I find the idea of a socialist heading up the biggest 'capitalist' financial institution a little hypocritical, but in tune with the general hypocrisy.)

Are you one of those who believe he was set up to prevent him from running against Sarkozy?

Larry Gambone said...

DSK is about as much a socialist as is David Cameron. The French Socialist Party is socialist in name only and has - like the New Labour of Blair etc, totally adopted the neoliberal ideology of contemporary capitalism.
DSK is definitely not of our lot. Furthermore a genuine socialist would be for destroying the IMF not heading it.

Ross Wolfe said...

Yeah, the term "socialist," as it's used by most contemporary Americans, but also by mainstream parties in France, Britain, and Spain is a mockery of the term as it was meant by its founders.

Frank Partisan said...

I'll reply more tomorrow. I'm only online a few minutes today.

DSK aspired to be the French Tony Blair, to turn the French Socialist Party, to party doing the budget cuts Sarkozy can't perform. Like Obama can get away with things, Bush would have gotten lynched doing.

Ross Wolfe said...

Ren pretty much hit the nail on the head right there.

Frank Partisan said...

Sentinel: I don't think he was set up.

Still social democracy is profoundly different than Bolshevism.

Ross: I often play with templates.

My group usually in France, votes for the Communist Party first round, and Socialist second round.

Larry G: It's good for France, him not running.

The Sentinel said...


So who is a socialist then? I mean in todays politcal enviroment?

Are there any that you would consider to have your stamp of approval?

Frank Partisan said...

Sentinel: I endorse my comrades, and support other movements or parties. An example is Pakistan. I don't agree with the policies of the PPP, but because of its mass workers support, belong to the Pakistan People's Party.

If I was a US conservative, I might not like the US presidential nominee og the Republicans, but I'd vote Republican, to stay relevant.

Ross Wolfe said...

Ren, you should check out the new Trotsky translation on my blog, I didn't translate it, but it was done by a friend of mine. It's quality. First time in English, from 1922.