By John W. Whitehead
“As political and financial freedom diminishes, sexual freedom tends compensating to extend. And the dictator (until he wants cannon fodder and households with which to colonize empty or conquered territories) will do nicely to encourage that freedom.”—Aldous Huxley, Courageous New World
Anybody who believes in a different way hasn’t been paying consideration.
Politics, faith, sports activities, authorities, leisure, enterprise, armed forces: it doesn’t matter what area you’re speaking about, they’re all riddled with the type of seedy, sleazy, decadent, dodgy, wicked, immoral, corrupt conduct that one way or the other will get a free move when it includes the rich and highly effective elite in America.
On this age of partisan politics and a deeply polarized populace, corruption—particularly when it includes sexual debauchery, depravity and predatory conduct—has turn out to be the good equalizer.
Take Jeffrey Epstein, the hedge fund billionaire / convicted serial pedophile just lately arrested on costs of molesting, raping and intercourse trafficking dozens of younger women.
It’s believed that Epstein operated his personal private intercourse trafficking ring not just for his private pleasure but in addition for the pleasure of his buddies and enterprise associates. In accordance with The Washington Submit, “a number of of the younger ladies…say they have been provided to the wealthy and well-known as intercourse companions at Epstein’s events.” At numerous occasions, Epstein ferried his buddies about on his personal aircraft, nicknamed the “Lolita Categorical.”
That is a part of America’s seedy underbelly.
As I documented within the in-depth piece I wrote earlier this yr, baby intercourse trafficking—the shopping for and promoting of girls, younger women and boys for intercourse, some as younger as 9 years previous—has grow to be huge enterprise in America. It’s the quickest rising enterprise in organized crime and the second most-lucrative commodity traded illegally after medicine and weapons.
Adults buy youngsters for intercourse at the very least 2.5 million occasions a yr in america.
It’s not simply younger women who’re weak to those predators, both.
In line with a 2016 investigative report, “boys make up about 36% of youngsters caught up within the U.S. intercourse business (about 60% are feminine and fewer than 5% are transgender men and women).”
Who buys a toddler for intercourse?
In any other case unusual males from all walks of life. “They could possibly be your co-worker, physician, pastor or partner,” writes journalist Tim Swarens, who spent greater than a yr investigating the intercourse commerce in America.
Unusual males, sure.
However then there are the extra-ordinary males, comparable to Jeffrey Epstein, who belong to a strong, rich, elite phase of society that operates in line with their very own guidelines or, quite, who’re allowed to sidestep the principles which are used like a bludgeon on the remainder of us.
These males skate freed from accountability by profiting from a legal justice system that panders to the highly effective, the rich and the elite.
Over a decade in the past, when Epstein was first charged with raping and molesting younger women, he was gifted a secret plea cope with then-U.S. Lawyer Alexander Acosta, President Trump’s present Labor Secretary, that allowed him to evade federal expenses and be given the equal of a slap on the wrist: allowed to “work” at residence six days every week earlier than returning to jail to sleep. That secret plea deal has since been dominated unlawful by a federal decide.
But right here’s the factor: Epstein didn’t act alone.
I refer not solely to Epstein’s accomplices, who recruited and groomed the younger women he’s accused of raping and molesting, lots of them homeless or weak, however his circle of influential pals and colleagues that at one time included Invoice Clinton and Donald Trump. Each Clinton and Trump, famend womanizers who’ve additionally been accused of sexual impropriety by a big variety of ladies, have been at one time passengers on the Lolita Categorical.
Because the Related Press factors out, “The arrest of the billionaire financier on youngster intercourse trafficking costs is elevating questions on how a lot his high-powered associates knew concerning the hedge fund supervisor’s interactions with underage women, and whether or not they turned a blind eye to probably unlawful conduct.”
Actually, a current determination by the Second Circuit Courtroom of Appeals permitting a 2,000-page doc linked to the Epstein case to be unsealed references allegations of sexual abuse involving “quite a few outstanding American politicians, highly effective enterprise executives, overseas presidents, a well known Prime Minister, and different world leaders.”
This isn’t a minor incident involving minor gamers.
That is the guts of darkness.
Intercourse slaves. Intercourse trafficking. Secret societies. Highly effective elites. Authorities corruption. Judicial cover-ups.
As soon as once more, reality and fiction mirror one another.
Twenty years in the past, Stanley Kubrick’s last movie Eyes Extensive Shut offered viewing audiences with a sordid glimpse right into a secret intercourse society that indulged the basest urges of its prosperous members whereas preying on weak younger ladies. It isn’t so totally different from the actual world, the place highly effective males, insulated from accountability, indulge their base urges.
These secret societies flourish, implied Kubrick, as a result of the remainder of us are content material to navigate life with our eyes vast shut, in denial concerning the ugly, apparent truths in our midst.
In so doing, we turn out to be accomplices to abusive conduct in our midst.
That is how corruption by the facility elite thrives.
For each Epstein who’s—lastly—referred to as to account for his unlawful sexual exploits after years of being given a free move by these in energy, there are a whole lot (maybe hundreds) extra within the halls of energy and wealth whose predation of these most weak amongst us continues unabated.
Whereas Epstein’s alleged crimes are heinous sufficient on their very own, he’s half of a bigger narrative of how a tradition of entitlement turns into a cesspool and a breeding floor for despots and predators.
Keep in mind the “DC Madam” who was charged with working a phone-order intercourse enterprise? Her shoppers included hundreds of White Home officers, lobbyists, and Pentagon, FBI, and IRS staff, in addition to outstanding legal professionals, none of whom have been ever uncovered or held accountable.
Worse, as 19th-century historian Lord Acton concluded, absolute energy corrupts completely.
It doesn’t matter whether or not you’re speaking a few politician, an leisure mogul, a company CEO or a police officer: give anybody individual (or authorities company) an excessive amount of energy and permit her or him or it to consider that they’re entitled, untouchable and won’t be held accountable for his or her actions, and people powers will ultimately be abused.
We’re seeing this dynamic play out each day in communities throughout America.
A cop shoots an unarmed citizen for no credible cause and will get away with it. A president employs government orders to sidestep the Structure and will get away with it. A authorities company spies on its residents’ communications and will get away with it. An leisure mogul sexually harasses aspiring actresses and will get away with it. The U.S. army bombs a civilian hospital and will get away with it.
Abuse of energy—and the ambition-fueled hypocrisy and deliberate disregard for misconduct that make these abuses potential—works the identical whether or not you’re speaking about intercourse crimes, authorities corruption, or the rule of regulation.
It’s the identical previous story yet again: man rises to energy, man abuses energy abominably, man intimidates and threatens anybody who challenges him with retaliation or worse, and man will get away with it due to a tradition of compliance through which nobody speaks up as a result of they don’t need to lose their job or their cash or their place among the many elite.
It’s not simply sexual predators that we have now to fret about.
For each Jeffrey Epstein (or Invoice Clinton or Harvey Weinstein or Roger Ailes or Invoice Cosby or Donald Trump) who ultimately will get referred to as out for his sexual misbehavior, there are a whole lot—hundreds—of others within the American police state who’re getting away with homicide—in lots of instances, actually—just because they will.
The cop who shoots the unarmed citizen first and asks questions later may get placed on paid depart for some time or take a job with one other police division, however that’s only a slap on the wrist. The shootings and SWAT workforce raids and extreme use of pressure will proceed, as a result of the police unions and the politicians and the courts gained’t do a factor to cease it.
The warfare hawks who’re making a revenue by waging countless wars overseas, killing harmless civilians in hospitals and faculties, and turning the American homeland right into a home battlefield will proceed to take action as a result of neither the president nor the politicians will dare to problem the army industrial complicated.
The Nationwide Safety Company that carries out warrantless surveillance on People’ web and telephone communications will proceed to take action, as a result of the federal government doesn’t need to relinquish any of its ill-gotten powers and its complete management of the populace.
Until one thing modifications in the best way we cope with these ongoing, egregious abuses of energy, the predators of the police state will proceed to wreak havoc on our freedoms, our communities, and our lives.
Cops will proceed to shoot and kill unarmed residents. Authorities brokers—together with native police—will proceed to decorate and act like troopers on a battlefield. Bloated authorities businesses will proceed to fleece taxpayers whereas eroding our liberties. Authorities technicians will proceed to spy on our emails and telephone calls. Authorities contractors will proceed to make a killing by waging countless wars overseas.
And highly effective males (and ladies) will proceed to abuse the powers of their workplace by treating these round them as underlings and second-class residents who’re unworthy of dignity and respect and undeserving of the authorized rights and protections that ought to be afforded to all People.
As Dacher Keltner, professor of psychology on the on the College of California, Berkeley, noticed within the Harvard Enterprise Evaluate, “Whereas individuals often achieve energy by way of traits and actions that advance the pursuits of others, resembling empathy, collaboration, openness, equity, and sharing; once they begin to really feel highly effective or take pleasure in a place of privilege, these qualities start to fade. The highly effective are extra possible than different individuals to interact in impolite, egocentric, and unethical conduct.”
After conducting a collection of experiments into the phenomenon of how energy corrupts, Keltner concluded: “Simply the random task of energy, and all types of mischief ensues, and other people will develop into impulsive. They eat extra assets than is their justifiable share. They take extra money. Individuals turn out to be extra unethical. They assume unethical conduct is okay in the event that they interact in it. Individuals are extra more likely to stereotype. They’re extra more likely to cease attending to different individuals rigorously.”
And absolute energy corrupts completely.
Nevertheless, it takes a tradition of entitlement and a nation of compliant, willfully ignorant, politically divided residents to offer the foundations of tyranny.
As researchers Joris Lammers and Adam Galinsky discovered, these in energy not solely are likely to abuse that energy however additionally they really feel entitled to abuse it: “Individuals with energy that they assume is justified break guidelines not solely as a result of they will get away with it, but in addition as a result of they really feel at some intuitive degree that they’re entitled to take what they need.”
As I level out in my e-book Battlefield America: The Conflict on the American Individuals, for too lengthy now, People have tolerated an oligarchy by which a strong, elite group of rich donors is looking the photographs. They’ve paid homage to patriotism whereas permitting the army industrial complicated to unfold dying and destruction overseas. They usually have turned a blind eye to all method of wrongdoing when it was politically expedient.
We have to restore the rule of regulation for all individuals, no exceptions.
Right here’s what the rule of regulation means in a nutshell: it signifies that everyone seems to be handled the identical beneath the regulation, everyone seems to be held equally accountable to abiding by the regulation, and nobody is given a free cross based mostly on their politics, their connections, their wealth, their standing or some other shiny line check used to confer particular remedy on the elite.
This tradition of compliance should cease.
The empowerment of petty tyrants and political gods should finish.
The state of denial should stop.
Let’s not permit this Epstein intercourse scandal to grow to be simply one other blip within the information cycle that goes away all too quickly, solely to be forgotten when one other titillating information headline takes its place.
Intercourse trafficking, like so most of the evils in our midst, is a cultural illness that’s rooted within the American police state’s coronary heart of darkness. It speaks to a far-reaching corruption that stretches from the very best seats of energy right down to probably the most hidden corners and depends on our silence and our complicity to show a blind eye to wrongdoing.
If we need to put an finish to those wrongs, we should hold our eyes extensive open.
ABOUT JOHN W. WHITEHEAD
Constitutional lawyer and writer John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute.
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