The DSK Saga is Emblematic of Many Things


While much of the world has been alternately stunned and entertained by the saga surrounding the former head of the International Monetary Fund, let’s revisit a few basic facts. Dominique Strauss-Kahn was also the leading Socialist candidate poised to run against French President Nicolas Sarkozy. At the heart of socialism is its antagonism towards two things: private property and religion. Historically, socialists have worked diligently to secularize the public square, and their disdain for traditional morality is matched only by their contempt for the human person in the Divine image.

So now we have a powerful social architect who finds himself face to face with a poor servant. When charged with bullying her in a reprehensible fashion, he responded by saying that their “liaison” was consensual. The only thing left to exacerbate his vulgarity and her victimhood is his Amen Corner (mostly European) which has scorned her personally, further invaded her privacy by publicizing deeply personal details, and denigrated her gall in undermining his worldly prestige—how dare she!

In fact, many across the pond are tut-tutting American provincialism, in the manner of Socialist member of European Parliament, Gilles Savary, who noted, “Everyone knows that Dominique Strauss-Kahn is a libertine, and that he is distinguished from others by the fact that he doesn’t try and hide it.” The problem is “puritanical America, infiltrated by rigorous Protestantism,” which cannot deal with issues concerning “pleasures of the flesh.”

He is not alone in that charge, as Reuters’ Chrystia Freeland says it’s patently unfair to look at DSK’s history of debauchery and allow that to prejudice one’s opinion about his actions in this case:

But it is a grave and dangerous mistake, with particularly baleful consequences for women, to argue that Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s history as a seducer, including in the workplace, makes him a more plausible rapist — even if, in the end, he does turn out to be guilty. Yet that is what many of us are doing in the stunned aftermath to the Saturday arrest. The loudest culprits are an unlikely alliance of triumphant Anglo- Saxon puritans, feminists and the tabloid wing of the press.

Ah, yes, those who suggest that randy men are prone to disrespect women might undermine women’s great progress in the last forty years.  (More curious still is the alignment of puritans and feminists, but we’ll have to muse on that later.) While I am grieved by the injury to actual persons in this story, one couldn’t find a more illustrative morality play. Indeed, as each day passes, more people actually come forward to commend the accused for his hedonism sans apology, although evidently the “pleasures” he pursued were not always shared by the women he chased.

His previous victims have now found their voice, offering the media details of similar boorish encounters, and a loosely-held secret nickname, The Seducer, has boiled to the surface. Seduce means “to lead astray, as from duty, rectitude, or the like; corrupt.” Appropriately, it is also a name attributed to the Devil himself, given his success in corrupting Eve in the Garden of Eden.

Is America the problem, as Mr. Savary and Ms. Freeland suggest, despite the billions of dollars its citizens spend on pornography? Despite its seeming disdain for chastity and modesty? Despite the fact that its courts have increasingly ruled to suppress Christian symbols for fear they will offend? At present, what America does honor is the person before the law. Our system says that says the word of a chambermaid is taken as seriously as the word of an international banker. And for whatever struggles our society is having with sexual morality, in principle we believe that the pleasures of the powerful cannot come at the expense of the weak.

So ultimately we have two colliding world views which are undermining human dignity. Some societies idolize property and obsess about wealth; and others prize pleasure and hold contempt for virtue — and many places combine the two, despite their fawning tributes to the common man. Interestingly, materialists have a profoundly skewed approach to human value, only conferring personhood on those deemed worthy in their man-made constructs.

All told, sexual license is fundamental to socialism, and DSK’s behavior is entirely in keeping with his creed; hence his antipathy for the very institutions that uphold virtue — that safeguard the human person. Now if this intriguing drama could be plumbed for what it reveals about godless social constructs where many citizens are denied fundamental respect, then perhaps we might discover that Catholic ethics are the antidote for the appalling treatment of women on both extremes.


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  • I am proud of our criminal justice system, and the broader sense of American right and wrong, that takes the “word of a chambermaid” as seriously as that of a wealthy and powerful man. I am proud that we jailed this guy on Riker’s Island like any other suspect, albeit in protective custody. I was proud that bail was initially denied this fellow, as an obvious flight risk, and I was disappointed that bail was later allowed although with significant monitoring restrictions.

    As Americans we are called (believe it or not) to model virtue to the world. Here is an opportunity to show the world the American justice system that is blind to privilege and seeks to treat all fairly. If the Europeans don’t like it, they can, as my Grandfather always used to say, “take a long walk off a short dock.”

  • I will risk to be called a France-basher but that is not at all my intention. France used to be the called the first daughter of the Church. So many glorious saints have come from the lovely country, so many extraordinary writers and thinkers. Yet the old Gallic tree has been known to bear bad fruit. It was the French Revolution that cut the heads of many saints, and killed notable men like Lavoisier to whom we owe the foundations of modern physics.

    Who can forget the “miracle of the maquis” the few brave partisans that went underground to fight Hitler risking their life for the freedom of France.
    When the war was over the maquis miraculously increased in number to include–oh miracle of miracles!–some who had collaborated discreetly with the Nazi occupation. Suddenly there were maquis all over the place!

    Many of those newly discovered patriots demonstrated their bravery by proceeding to shave the heads of the poor prostitutes and maids that had no other option than to “serve” the Germans during the time of the occupation. What an act of righteous justice was that! What an example of the nation that used to call herself “the light of Civilization.” Oh well!

    It would not be right to say that Socialists are the only lecherous hypocrites out there. We have our own and Americans on the political Left and Right have produced quite a few shinning examples lately. We are far from being the Kingdom of God here. Yet we have to give credit to the police for handling the matter fairly and professionally in this case. Obviously we have come a long way since the days of poor Abner Louima.

    Those who are “pro-choice” should not be surprised by violent, lecherous acts like the ones alleged in this case. Killing the unborn is not going to end right there. In fact the abuse, violence, and murder of innocents merely BEGINS with the unborn. The poor maid had been spared death by abortion-thinks the utilitarian Socialist-why not have some fun with her? She’s poor, she’s a woman, she’s African… hey, it’s just a bunch of cells that came to be by random mutation anyway. I might as well use her!

    Ideas have consequences. That is the difference between America and Europe: they are the product of history. We are the product of the highest human ideals. They strive not to slip into the barbaric depths of Sharia. We strive to live to the example and ideas left to us by our Founding Fathers.

    Cherchez la différence.

  • Jann

    Touché to both of you Carlos Caso-Rosendi & PrairieHawk!

    If serious Catholics the nation over (and maybe the world!) could read this excellent treatise by Genevieve Kineke, along with both of your analysis plus today’s update from Fr. Pavone’s, we would all have a pretty good insight into the crux of the Foundational Lie undermining the social, cultural and economic bedrock of our country and our world!

    Infuse this exercise with prayer this morning and we find THEE Big Lie and Foundation of All Sin–PRIDE! This is no doubt, THE LIE of LIES being insipidly fed to us day in and day out by none other than The Seducer Himself!

    He gets angrier by the moment as other Catholics read this today and pray, and literally hopping mad as each of us, who are the commanding officers and top brass of the Winning Side gain greater insight into his
    Main Strategy to winning the Biggest of All Battles for each and every human soul!

    TO GOD Be THE GLORY! We have our marching orders!