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Hedges: American Satyricon

The Maxwell trial will not hold the powerful men complicit in the rape and abuse of countless girls by the Epstein ring accountable or challenge the oppressive systems which fuel the scourge of male violence.

By Chris Hedges / Original to ScheerPost

The trial of Ghislaine Maxwell which began this week in Manhattan will not hold to account the powerful and wealthy men who are also complicit in the sexual assaults of girls as young as twelve Maxwell allegedly procured for billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.

Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, hedge-fund billionaire Glenn Dubin, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, former Secretary of the Treasury and former president of Harvard Larry Summers, Stephen Pinker, Prince Andrew, Alan Dershowitz, billionaire Victoria’s Secret CEO Les Wexner, the J.P Morgan banker Jes Staley, former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barack, real estate mogul Mort Zuckerman, former Maine senator George Mitchell, Harvey Weinstein and many others who were at least present and most likely participated in Epstein’s perpetual Bacchanalia, are not in court. The law firms and high-priced attorneys, federal and state prosecutors, private investigators, personal assistants, publicists, servants, drivers and numerous other procurers, sometimes women, who made Epstein’s crimes possible are not being investigated. Those in the media, the political arena and the entertainment industry who aggressively and often viciously shut down and discredited the few voices, including those of a handful of intrepid reporters, who sought to shine a light on the crimes committed by Epstein and his circle of accomplices are not on trial. The videos that Epstein apparently collected of his guests engaged in their sexual escapades with teenage and underage girls from the cameras he had installed in his opulent residences and on his private island have mysteriously disappeared, most probably into the black hole of the FBI, along with other crucial evidence. Epstein’s death in a New York jail cell, while officially ruled a suicide, is in the eyes of many credible investigators a murder. With Epstein dead, and Maxwell sacrificed, the ruling oligarchs will once again escape justice.

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The Epstein case is important because, however much is being covered up, it is a window into the scourge of male violence that explodes in decayed cultures, fueled by widening income disparities, the collapse of the social contract and the grotesque entitlement that comes with celebrity, political power, and wealth. When a ruling elite perverts all institutions, including the courts, into instruments that serve the exclusive interests of the entitled, when it willfully neglects and abandons larger and larger segments of the population, girls and women always suffer disproportionally. The struggle for equal pay, equal distribution of wealth and resources, access to welfare, legal aid that offers adequate protection under the law, social services, job training, healthcare, and education services, have been so degraded they barely exist for the poor, especially poor girls and women.

Women, traditionally burdened with the care of children, the elderly and the sick, stripped of control over their own bodies in states that seek to deny reproductive rights, are cornered, unable to make a living and secure legal protection. This is always the goal of patriarchy. And in this degraded world girls and women are easy prey for pimps, pedophiles, and rapists such as Epstein and his accomplices. These men look at their victims not as children or young women in distress but as human trash, no more worthy of consideration than a slave, which in fact many of these girls and women become.

A licentious, money-drenched, morally bankrupt and intellectually vacuous ruling class, accountable to no one and free to plunder and prey on the weak like human vultures, rise to power in societies in terminal decline. This class of parasites was savagely parodied in the first-century satirical novel “Satyricon” by Gaius Petronius, written during the reign of Nero. Epstein and his cohorts for years engaged in sexual perversions of Petronian proportions, as Miami Herald investigative reporter Julie Brown, whose dogged reporting was largely responsible for reopening the federal investigation in Epstein and Maxwell, documents in her book “Perversion of Justice: The Jeffrey Epstein Story.”

As Brown writes, in 2016 an anonymous woman, using the pseudonym “Kate Johnson,” filed a civil complaint in federal court in California alleging she was raped by Trump and Epstein when she was thirteen over a four-month period from June to September 1994. “I loudly pleaded with Trump to stop,” she said in the lawsuit about being raped by Trump. “Trump responded to my pleas by violently striking me in the face with his open hand and screaming that he could do whatever he wanted.” Brown writes:

Johnson said that Epstein invited her to a series of “underage sex parties” at his New York mansion where she met Trump. Enticed by promises of money and modeling opportunities, Johnson said she was forced to have sex with Trump several times, including once with another girl, twelve years old, whom she labeled “Marie Doe.”

Trump demanded oral sex, the lawsuit said, and afterward he “pushed both minors away while angrily berating them for the ‘poor’ quality of the sexual performance,” according to the lawsuit, filed April 26 in U.S. District Court in Central California.

Afterward, when Epstein learned that Trump had taken Johnson’s virginity, Epstein allegedly “attempted to strike her about the head with his closed fists,” angry he had not been the one to take her virginity. Johnson claimed that both men threatened to harm her, and her family if she ever revealed what had happened.

The lawsuit states that Trump did not take part in Epstein’s orgies but liked to watch, often while the thirteen-year-old “Kate Johnson” gave him a hand job. It appears Trump was able to quash the lawsuit by buying her silence. She has since disappeared.

These mediocrities, drunk with their own self-importance, equate celebrity, power and wealth with wisdom. Petronius’ Trimalchio, the archetypal self-made millionaire whose vulgarity and stupidity make him one of great comic buffoons of literature, was more than matched by Epstein who organized pretentious dinners for those in his secret billionaires club, which included Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Salar Kamangar and Jeff Bezos. Epstein and his guests, as in Petronius’s chapter “Dinner with Trimalchio,” dreamed up bizarre schemes of social engineering, including Epstein’s plan to seed the human species with his own DNA by creating a baby compound at his sprawling estate in New Mexico. “Epstein was also obsessed with cryonics, the transhumanist philosophy whose followers believe that people can be replicated or brought back to life after they are frozen,” Brown writes. “Epstein apparently told some of the members of his scientific circle that he wanted to inseminate women with his sperm for them to give birth to his babies, and that he wanted his head and his penis frozen.”

Epstein, who regularly entertained and funded the work of Harvard faculty, was made a visiting fellow in Harvard’s Department of Psychology, although he had no academic qualifications that made him eligible for the position. He was given a key card and pass code, as well as an office, in the building that housed Harvard’s Program for Evolutionary Dynamics. He referred to himself in his press releases as “Science Philanthropist Jeffrey Epstein,” “Education activist Jeffrey Epstein,” “Evolutionary Jeffrey Epstein,” “Science patron Jeffrey Epstein” and “Maverick hedge funder Jeffrey Epstein.”

The judicial system, for years, worked to protect Epstein. The legal anomalies, including the disappearance of massive amounts of evidence incriminating Epstein, saw Epstein avoid federal sex-trafficking charges in 2007 when his attorneys negotiated a secret deal with Alex Acosta in the U.S. attorney’s office in Miami to plead guilty to lesser state charges of soliciting a minor for prostitution.  

The prominent men accused of also engaging in Epstein’s carnival of pedophilia, including the attorney and former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, brazenly lie and threaten anyone daring to call them out. Dershowitz, for example, claims that an investigation, which he has refused to make public, by the former FBI director Louis Freeh proves he had never had sex with one of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Giuffre. He has sent repeated threats to Brown and her editors at the Miami Herald. Brown continues:

[Dershowitz] kept referring to information that was contained in sealed documents. He accused the newspaper of not reporting “facts” that he said were in those sealed documents. The truth is, I tried to explain, newspapers just can’t write about things because Alan Dershowitz says they exist. We need to see them. We need to verify them. Then, because I said “show me the material,” he publicly accused me of committing a criminal act by asking him to produce documents that were under court seal.

This is the way Dershowitz operates.

What disturbs me the most about Dershowitz is the way that the media, with few exceptions, fails to critically challenge him. Journalists fact-checked Donald Trump and others in his administration almost every day, yet, for the most part, the media seems to give Dershowitz a pass on the Epstein story.

In 2015, when Giuffre’s allegations first became public, Dershowitz went on every television program imaginable swearing, among other things, that Epstein’s plane logs would exonerate him. “How do you know that?” he was asked.

He replied that he was never on Epstein’s plane during the time that Virginia was involved with Epstein.

But if the media had checked, they could have learned that he was indeed a passenger on the plane during that time period, according to the logs.

Then he testified, in a sworn deposition, that he never went on any plane trips without his wife. But he was listed on those passage manifests as traveling multiple times without his wife. During at least one trip, he was on the plane with a model named Tatiana.

The ability of the powerful to ignore the law raises important and different questions for girls and women about the role of government, police and the law. Defunding the police is not a solution. Demilitarizing the police is. Women need legal protection and need police that function as police, as a sanction with severe consequences against male violence. They need social support. They need robust institutions, including the courts, which prevent them from being blackmailed, bullied, and abused. To challenge sexual violence, to challenge objectification, to challenge the cultural hypersexualization of women, is to be subject to vicious character assassination, threatened, including the threat of rape, and at times killed. To stand up to protect water, to assist a truth-teller, if you are a woman, is to face potential economic destitution. To stand up and name your abuser, as many of the courageous women who have come forward in the Epstein case have done, is to have high-priced teams of attorneys and private investigators pursue every avenue to demonize, discredit and destroy you financially and psychologically. The resources available to the powerful, and the dearth of resources available to the powerless, skews this fight in favor of the predators. This is by design.

The struggle for liberation and justice by women is central to the struggle for liberation and justice for everyone. We will not resist the radical evil before us without women, if we are denied access to the ideas and leadership of women, and in particular women of color. So, while we must decry violence and exploitation against all of the oppressed, we must also recognize that male violence against women – including prostitution and its promoter, pornography – is an especially insidious form of violence. It is a tool of corporate domination and capitalism. It is engrained in the racism and exploitation of imperialism and colonialism. But it also exists outside the structures of capitalism, imperialism, and colonialism. More women have been killed by their domestic partners since 2001 than all the Americans killed on September 11, and in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Predatory male power infects the left as well as the right, the anti-capitalists as well as the capitalists, the anti-imperialists as well as the imperialists and the anti-racists as well as the racists. It is its own evil. And if it is not defeated there will be no justice for women or for anyone else.

The predators know that desperation forces girls and women, with no alternatives left, to trade sex for the most basic staples of life, including food and shelter. In every conflict I covered as a war correspondent there was an explosion of prostituted girls and women. And as we are burdened with greater and greater numbers of environmental migrants — over a billion by 2050, by one prediction — fleeing droughts, rising sea levels, flooding, wildfires and declining crop yields these exchanges of sex for the most basic elements need to survive will become more common. The scourge of male violence is growing, not decreasing.

 George Bernard Shaw got it right. Poverty is:

“[T]he worst of crimes. All the other crimes are virtues beside it; all the other dishonors are chivalry itself by comparison. Poverty blights whole cities, spreads horrible pestilences, strikes dead the very souls of all who come within sight, sound, or smell of it. What you call crime is nothing: a murder here and a theft there, a blow now and a curse then. What do they matter? They are only the accidents and illnesses of life; there are not fifty genuine professional criminals in London. But there are millions of poor people, abject people, dirty people, ill-fed, ill-clothed people. They poison us morally and physically; they kill the happiness of society; they force us to do away with our own liberties and to organize unnatural cruelties for fear they should rise against us and drag us down into their abyss. Only fools fear crime; we all fear poverty.”

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel said of society that “some are guilty, but all are responsible.” The crime of poverty is a communal crime. Our failure, as the richest nation on earth, to provide safe and healthy communities, ones where all children have enough to eat and a future, is a communal crime. Our failure to provide everyone, and especially the poor, with a good education and housing is a communal crime. Our failure to make health care a human right, forcing parents, burdened with astronomical medical bills, to bankrupt themselves to save their sick sons or daughters, is a communal crime. Our failure to provide meaningful work — in short, the possibility of hope — is a communal crime. Our decision to militarize police forces and build prisons, rather than invest in people, is a communal crime. Our failure to protect girls and women is a communal crime. The misguided belief in charity and philanthropy rather than justice is a communal crime. “You Christians have a vested interest in unjust structures which produce victims to whom you then can pour out your hearts in charity,” Karl Marx said, chastising a group of church leaders.

If we do not work to eliminate the causes of poverty, the greatest of all crimes, the institutional structures that keep the poor poor, then we are responsible. There are issues of personal morality, and they are important, but they mean nothing without a commitment to social morality. Only those who have been there truly understand. Only those with integrity and courage speak the truth. And at the forefront of this fight are women.

Sexual sadism is fed by the entitlement of the powerful and a pornography industry that eroticizes images of girls and women being physically abused. It is not accidental that many of the Abu Ghraib images resemble stills from porn films. There is a shot of a naked man kneeling in front of another man as if performing oral sex. There is a photo of a naked man on a leash held by a female American soldier. There are photos of naked men in chains. There are photos of naked men stacked one on top of the other in a pile on the floor. And there are hundreds more classified photos that purportedly show forced masturbation by Iraqi prisoners and the rape of prisoners, including young boys, by U.S. soldiers, many of whom were schooled in these torture techniques in our vast system of mass incarceration.

The list of suspected abusers around Epstein was not segregated by the left or the right. It included Republicans, like Trump, and Democrats such as Clinton. It included philanthropists such as Gates, the former prime minister of Israel, and Harvard academics. It included celebrities, such as David Copperfield, and the titans of finance and business. The common denominator was not politics or ideology, but that they were powerful and wealthy men.

The feminist Andrea Dworkin understood. She excoriated the left, who railed against the excesses of capitalism, while ignoring the capitalist exploitation of girls and women. She wrote:

Capitalism is not wicked or cruel when the commodity is the whore; profit is not wicked or cruel when the alienated worker is a female piece of meat; corporate bloodsucking is not wicked or cruel when the corporations in question, organized crime syndicates, sell cunt; racism is not wicked or cruel when the black cunt or yellow cunt or red cunt or Hispanic cunt or Jewish cunt has her legs splayed for any man’s pleasure; poverty is not wicked or cruel when it is the poverty of dispossessed women who have only themselves to sell; violence by the powerful against the powerless is not wicked or cruel when it is called sex; slavery is not wicked or cruel when it is sexual slavery; torture is not wicked or cruel when the tormented are women, whores, cunts. The new pornography is left-wing; and the new pornography is a vast graveyard where the Left has gone to die. The Left cannot have its whores and its politics too.

The Earth, and all forms of life on this planet, must be revered, and protected if we are to endure as a species. This means inculcating a different vision of human society. It means building a world where domination and ceaseless exploitation, in all its forms, are condemned, where empathy, especially for the weak and for the vulnerable is held up as the highest virtue. It means recovering the capacity for awe and reverence for the sacred sources that sustain life. It means that girls and women must be empowered to control their own fates. Once we stand up for this ethic of life, once we include all people, including girls and women, as an integral part of this ethic, we can build a successful resistance movement that can challenge the radical evil before us. But we can’t do it unless half of the human population, girls and women, are at our side. Their fight is our fight. Their justice is our justice. Once they are free, we can all be free.


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Chris HedgesChris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years for The New York Times, where he served as the Middle East Bureau Chief and Balkan Bureau Chief for the paper. He previously worked overseas for The Dallas Morning NewsThe Christian Science Monitor, and NPR. He is the host of the Emmy Award-nominated RT America show On Contact. 

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66 comments

  1. The Plant Earth is Female. This hated of Mother Nature is behind the hatred from men who hate women. They think if they can just be powerful and rich enough, they can control everything, including Mother Nature.
    And if they can’t, then they want to destroy everything on Earth.

    What they really want to do is escape Earth and Nature and live on space ships and dead planets were everything is dependent of their Technology.

  2. There are no consequences for them, only for us. No matter how depraved, how greedy, how immoral or unethical, no matter the body count or the pain, suffering and misery they cause others. In fact the more they hurt, the more they take, the more they make other people suffer, the better life seems to get for them and the worse it gets for us.

    I want to scream at the sheep to wake up. But I know they won’t. Some will…a very few but most are unthinking programmed zombie sheep to the slaughter….dragging the rest of us with them.

    A darkness has fallen over this country and this world. Rivers of blood will flow before the sun rises again. I feel like Winston in a new version of 1984. In the core of my being it makes me sick. I want to fight the power…I want to bring the entire corrupted vile edifice down and hold those who rule accountable for their crimes against humanity. But to do so in this country…this land of sheep, to do so would leave me alone and crushed for nothing.

    So I begin another day….wondering why I bother.

    1. You can wake one who is asleep, but you cannot wake one who pretends to be asleep…

  3. Thank you again Mr. Hedges. Your contributions to the good of our society cannot be adequately measured. No matter the subject, you seem to speak mountains of truth as if you have personally experienced every abomination known to humanity.

  4. It’s high time that we hold these criminals responsible and charge them with the crimes that the buy and pay off to silence their accusers. Liken the media whom does not report their crimes against society. The money changers are the scum of our society.

  5. Thanks Chris for your profound insight into the degenerate American capitalist plutocracy and its violent male sexual commodification of women. This needs to be fully exposed for there to be true justice.

    I would also like to see you take this a step further. There is evidence that Epstein was part of a larger American and Israeli intelligence operation, targeting prominent men on all sides for amoral political blackmail.

    Ghislaine Maxwell’s father, Robert Maxwell is now known to have been an Israeli superspy. Were Ghislaine and Epstein part of a sinister clandestine intelligence operation? It would explain a lot of unanswered questions.

    Remember, Epstein was originally given probation after the US Government intervened and told the Florida locals he was with intelligence.

    For more on this I suggest you read Whitney Webb’s series on Mint Press.

    https://www.mintpressnews.com/category/epstein-investigation/

    There’s a lot more here. This goes to the heart of the National Security State and its crimes against humanity.

  6. I think there is a typo in the second paragraph, former New Mexico ^Bill Richardson – perhaps the word governor is missing?
    Thank you for your article.

  7. With all due respect, Mr. Hedges reveals his own patriarchal bias by insisting “prostitution”, rather than the criminalization of sex work, is the problem. It’s an honest mistake for someone from my age cohort, but it doesn’t reflect the views of activist sex workers. It’s the criminalization that leads to sex trafficking and the abuses Epstein and his ilk are responsible for, if only because it allows the focus to be on the wrong issue.

    Mr. Hedges rightfully blames sexual abuse on power, but focusing on women and children ignores the fact all genders are subject to it; and that being liable for prosecution for reporting abuse or having a history of “prostitution” that can be weaponized is one reason the Power Elite are able to continue violating the powerless without repercussions.

    1. Thank you for your sane and balanced response, Elizabeth Burton.

      I respect Hedges, but his views on pornography and prostitution seem deeply out of touch to me. Has he ever considered the liberating effect that access to pornography has had on many queer youth, for example? And quoting the profoundly damaged Andrea Dworkin on the issue of sex is like quoting the mullahs of Iran on Judaism.

      This is not to deny that our child-molesting elites deserve to be burned at the stake, of course. And no little bag of gunpowder around their fat necks, either!

    2. Thank you for your words.
      I was raped, as a 13 year old boy, 50 years ago.
      I was not believed, until the man was discovered doing it to other boys, who were housed in a juvenile prison, years later, in Wisconsin.
      No one ever approached me after he was found out.
      The coward killed himself rather than face the music.
      But, after reading Chris’ article, I have to wonder.
      I’ve got your back girls.
      I really loved the ending to the movie Three Billboards.
      All of us men are not sex obsessed, monsters.
      But, I’ve seen these monsters everywhere.
      To Chris, I have read practically everything that you have ever written.
      I own all of your books.
      I advance your scholarship to every serious minded person I talk to.
      I believe that this is your best work.
      I’m guessing that it is an expansion of Empire of Illusion.
      I have a question for you, Chris.
      When do you and I stop flapping our lips, and do something about this abuse of women and girls?
      That can’t be done in cyberspace.
      We have to hit the streets if we are going to prevent the abuse, instead of just reporting on it.

    3. The term “sex work” implies choice. Prostitution does not have the same connotation. Are the views of activist sex workers the same as those who are trafficked? The same as those who are doing this because they have no other options?

      While yes all genders can experience abuse what are you looking for here? To not highlight the impacts to women and children? To water it down so it’s encompassing of everyone losing the unique impacts to women and children?

      1. The criminalization of sex work is the direct cause of all the evils associated with it, just as the criminalization of all drugs for recreational use provided the foundation for the criminal empires that are making billions taking advantage of it.

        As for the false dichotomy that followed, it strikes me as odd that any sane person would criticize another for pointing out ignoring half the population is ignores the scope of the problem by implying the omission is justified because the situation is worse for women and girls. I trust the two replies previous to yours at least made it clear why your argument, SG, is ingenuous at best and sexist at worst.

        For an articulate explanation of why the problem isn’t sex work but its criminalization, I recommend the book REVOLTING PROSTITUTES by Juno Mac and Molly Smith.

  8. In the midst of the Me Too Movement, many men wondered what role if any was there for them to play? We support women’s rights and women’s equality.

    But that’s not enough. One way thing we can do is to actively support state legislation seeking to establish the Nordic Model for dealing with prostitution.

    These laws criminalize the demand, while guaranteeing social services and legal support for women to get out of prostitution.

    Social science data refutes the academics who claim prostitution is “sex work”, which is a matter of choice. But nearly all prostituted women have lived lives characterized by the absence of choice. And the one thing requested most often from women trapped in prostitution was “a way out.”

    Abstract rights are not enough. Women need temporary housing, legal support, job reentry programs most critically psychological support to recover from the abuse that always accompanies prostitution.

    Men need to support those laws, advocate for them, support the financing of the social service that women need and then simply ask women, “what else can I do to support this movement?”

  9. That the young climate change activists – Greta Thunberg, The Sunshine Movement, et al – are comprised almost entirely of girls and young women serves as a good illustration of what Chris Hedges expresses about the vital importance of girls and women if we are to extricate ourselves from the
    unfolding calamity that is upon us. The great tragedy of human civilization has been precisely this : the grotesque imbalance between the masculine and feminine; the brute, monstrous subjugation of and contempt for women has twisted and deformed human history in ways that are too vast and hideous to grasp.
    Even the moral bankruptcy of some women who achieve power is likely a reflection of the patriarchal paradigm that is ingrained in all of us – male and female alike before we can walk. Young women truly are the future if we are to have one.

    1. Being evil etc. is an equal opportunity trait, essentializing sex in the way that you just have takes away from the true basis of what Chris Hedges describes – the ability to use wealth and power to become above the law. The feminine can be just as awful as the masculine. Atlas Shrugged was written by a woman, some of the sadistic Auschwitz guards were women, the torturer at the head of the CIA is a woman. Get your head out go the fairytale clouds and deal with the world as it really is, no society can last democratically when an oligarchy is present – male or female.

      I note that Chris doesn’t mention the many millions of male children raped by Catholic priests, or the uncountable rapes of men in America’s prison’s. The brutalization of the poor by the rich and powerful is the reality, nothing to do with whether male or female.

      1. Shopenhauer, Zola, etc considered females to be constitutionally immoral. “only in America has the dignity of the father ceased to exist”. Horkheimer/Adorno
        “only in amerika is the father vestigial; the American mind and conscience is feminine”. Geoffrey Gorer
        in a letter to Le Monde 100 prominent French females described the US “me too movement”. as “puritanism”

    2. Little Greta is also being exploited and prostituted by powerful men, make no mistake

      1. As well, working within bourgeois parliamentary institutions is a fools’ crusade, a waste of resources and morale. After half a century of trying, this should be abundantly clear.

  10. Whoa! That blew me away! This article should be part of the Constitution. I wept over it! Everyone should be mandated to read this & put in every school book in America!

    1. You may be new to reading Chris Hedges’ stuff. (smile) It seems that nearly everything he writes is something I’ve been thinking & feeling but couldn’t get into words, which he does so beautifully. How refreshing to read the actual TRUTH of the situation! Even when the truth is unbearable. And how sad that your ‘average American’ will probably not be reading & absorbing this words.

  11. “In keeping silent about evil, in buying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers … we are ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations”. Aleksandr Solzhenistsyn

    Our challenge these days is recognizing the lie(s); our greater challenge is not taking part in it. So my own personal challenge is that evil is here and may even win; but NOT through me.

  12. I have the utmost respect and gratitude for the truth and power of Mr. Hedges and his words.

  13. Hi guys. Paragraph 2 sentence 1 is missing “governor” here:

    “…former New Mexico ()
    Bill Richardson…”

  14. What Hedges’ article shows, in no uncertain terms – naming the names of the most widely known perpetrators, is that the country as a whole is the playground of evil incarnate, and that they are capable of the most heinous of crimes against humanity (it takes conscious skill to be a pervert), without the blink of an eye; and that they will do “anything” to cover up their crimes of inhumanity.
    For them, ‘offing’ Epstein, isolated in a prison cell, was as easy as pie to arrange (it wouldn’t be the first such assassination, without trial); and made the well-versed practice of cover-up, even easier!
    And then along comes Julian Assange, with the full transparency of see-through packaging to spoil the party – throwing a spanner in the works of easy cover-up!
    And once again, yet another diversionary show trial, for public consumption, in order to disprove the truth of the proof.
    An incarnate liar, the most prestigious defense lawyer in the country? Now there’s one for the cook(ed) books of the law?
    Are males born innately predatory? Is predation the one genetically based, unalterable animal instinct men are consciously incapable of rising above?
    Overall, historically, the answer must be a resounding NO, for the majority of men worldwide, surely, by now, have outgrown – evolved from the no longer necessary for survival, unconscious instinctive reactionary behavior within the ‘lower’ animal herds.

    1. > Are males born innately predatory?

      Yep.

      > Is predation the one genetically based,
      > unalterable animal instinct men are
      > consciously incapable of rising above?

      No, you can rise above it, but for that you need a supportive environment and some future prospects.

      > Overall, historically, the answer
      > must be a resounding NO,
      > for the majority of men worldwide,
      > surely,

      “Resounding”? “Surely”? Ever read the news?

      > by now, have outgrown
      > – evolved from the no longer necessary
      > for survival, unconscious instinctive
      > reactionary behavior within the
      > ‘lower’ animal herds.

      No, they haven’t. They’re just too low in the pecking order to turn their brutal male fantasies into fact. So they watch sports and ‘action’ (i.e. murder) movies.

      1. why does USA have the most violent crime, non-violent crime, rape per capita per all nations despite that rape experts claim that fewer than 25% reported?

  15. “Sexual sadism is fed by the entitlement of the powerful.”

    This really sums it up. I say this from experience. A well connected and violent attorney is sex trafficking my kids. She let them get molested for the purpose of extortion. When I tried to intervene, she had me hacked, stalked, and even poisoned. All of my organs are now damaged, my testicles atrophied, and the shape of my face has changed. This attorney doesn’t have any mercy. Most would sympathize with an effort to protect one’s children. Unfortunately, my pleas for mercy have only been met with laughter, gaslighting, and more violence.

    [EDITED OUT LINK]

    1. Don’t despair, my brother.
      While I can’t provide you with the mercy, or justice, that we both so desperately crave,
      I will unleash the thousandfold of rage they have bred, and distribute some long overdue revenge.
      I challenge any of the creeps that Cris has named to a fistfight.
      Cmon Trump.
      I’m 64 years old, 5’6”, 150 lbs.
      Easy pickens’.
      I’m waiting, pussy.
      Great choice of words, dontcha’ think.
      I’d love a piece of Dershowitz.

  16. “To stand up to protect water” – this is obviously a mistake but I cannot fathom what is meant.
    Respect to Chris Hedges for fighting the good fight.
    It is still shocking to me how the corruption of the ruling classes is aided and abetted by the mediocrity of the mainstream press and the mute acceptance of society.

    1. To stand up to protect water. A reference to Standing Rock, Indigenous (Native American) water protectors

  17. Prostitution on the streets can’t compare to what goes on in the suites, where the real money is made and VIP’s lives are bought and bound.

    The Epstein case may open “a window into the scourge of male violence that explodes in decayed cultures” (Hedges), only to close the door on connecting that to secret state blackmail racketeering to insure puppets perform according to command.

    How else are you going to pull off mass murder and grand theft globalization without heads of state and other partners in crime occasionally needing persuasion by means of deals they can’t refuse? (Not that many of these creeps aren’t already corrupt enough to make that unnecessary.)

    In the global coup now in motion under medical martial law and the advanced eugenics of the biosecurity state, another moralizing sermon from Hedges misses how, just like their rapacious rites of sexual predation, some “schemes of social engineering,” if not Epstein’s, are not so “bizarre” as to be unthinkable, or undoable, for the psychopaths of power.

  18. All that money, all that bludgeoning authority, all those chattels, all that fame and still, it is not enough.
    Meanwhile, the working class are treated worse than animals and blamed and scapegoated for the ills of the world.
    We are on the precipice and those few with their eyes open are looking the other way.

  19. The paramount “culture war” issue of the last half century is abortion. The core feminist argument is the assertion of property rights over her own body. At this women have themselves objectivized and commodified their sexuality. Like “labor” before, they have accorded themselves a market context/value, the place wherein money (not morality) is king; and have thereby contributed mightily to their own sexual debasement. This is a classic of the diabolical perversity of petit bourgeois idealism.

  20. The 14C Kashmiri poetess, Lalla, stated: “There are some sleeping who are awake; others are sleeping who will never wake up.” Men, look at your spouse, partner, friend, female child, other little girls, indeed all women, as Goddesses, to be revered.

    Allow me one more quote.
    Father Thomas Berry often said: “The Universe is not a collection of objects; it’s a communion of subjects and if we don’t get that, nothing’s gonna work.”

  21. Fantastic article! This and more should be on the front pages of all major news outlets.

    One editorial, though… What does “To stand up to protect water…” mean? Is that a typo?

    1. It is a reference to Standing Rock and Indigenous/Native Water protectors. Google water protectors are you can learn all about it. There are water protectors across the globe not just in the US

  22. The US is the world’s only military Empire, harkening back to biblical times when the males on the losing side were put to the sword, and the women and girls were taken as chattel slaves, used and discarded at whim. Now our military is much more enlightened, they bring in fundamentalists to destroy the women, watch as archeological and thousands of years of culture are destroyed, and take captive dancing boys, as well as conquered women to humiliate the enemy.
    Obviously, domestic terrorism is the New Enemy, and the CIA and military are bringing their skills home. Sex trafficking of children is embraced, there is a merging with narco states and values, which provide money and power. Homosexuals and adulterers no longer can be controlled, but pedophiles and rapists can still be blackmailed. So far.
    Most of all, our Establishment Betters are Above the Law; that is why they control society. As the Great Architect of US Incarceration boasted, his 1992 bill does “everything but hang people for jaywalking.” His War on Drugs has doubled the number of Poor and Working Class in jail, most for non-violent victimless crimes. Their lives are ruined, by design. The remarkable thing is that we no longer have investigative journalists to call out these issues. Hedges preaches from high moral ground, mostly into silos of ineffective, good intentioned people.

  23. Regarding Trump “only watching” and “not participating” (according to the lawsuit) in the orgies: even if he were not (allegedly) receiving handjobs from an adolescent girl, simply being present and watching the orgies in real time, is, it seems to me, a form of participation in those orgies.

  24. Chris Hedges is describing too wide an arc for his article to make the impact he intends.
    He moves rapidly from “Satyricon” to a version of #MeToo to the degrading torture of Muslim males in Abu Ghraib (of course Muslim males were tortured, and presumably still are tortured, in multiple “black sites” around the world).
    Recall that at at least one female US soldier was involved in torturing Muslim males in Abu Ghraib, and the entire torturing command in Iraq was under the supervision of the US General Janis Karpinski.

    of all detention facilities in Iraq

  25. To degree disappointed …Epstein did not appear on the stage magically…the 800 pound gorilla Israel is nowhere mentioned in the article…again disappointed…

  26. The article was great but did not mention the culture of systematic rape of boys in Afghanistan. This criminal behavior was ignored and covered up by the US military and the American media. Danny Sjursen has written and spoken on this topic.

  27. An unusually excellent article; thank you, Chris Hedges.

    Regarding the note “Dershowitz, for example, claims that an investigation, which he has refused to make public, by the former FBI director Louis Freeh proves he had never had sex with one of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Giuffre.”:

    Freeh, who is Jewish like Dershowitz and Epstein, also “investigated” the Penn States sex crimes in which roughly 100 boys were raped by a (Jewish) coach running his own “youth club” with (all-Jewish) directors with permission of the (Jewish) president of Penn State. Freeh neglected to investigate any of the Jews involved, blaming everything on two (non-Jewish) intermediaries, although slightly smearing the (Jewish) president of Penn State because he had already been fired by its (largely Jewish) trustees.

    Who else would anyone choose to investigate sex crimes by Jews?

    1. Sandusky was a Methodist dude…. just a tip, if there is a single answer to all of your questions (seems to be ‘the jews did it’) you’re probably oversimplifying the world so it appears well ordered. Spoiler alert, it’s not… people of all stripes are terrible. Go back to the drawing board on your ‘explanating’ maybe?

      1. That error of Sandusky being a Methodist was based upon a rumor that he was once seen in front of a Methodist church, like almost everyone in the US. In fact both of his parents are Jewish. So get your facts straight before regurgitating racist propaganda.

  28. “everything in America is prudishness and pornography: sexual symbolism….only in america has the dignity of the father ceased to exist”. Horkheimer/Adorno

  29. I’ve tried 4 different times to get Scheerpost in my inbox. This over the span of 3 years.
    If it ever finally happens I will chip in with a minimum of a hundred bucks.

  30. I don’t know if Chris reads any comments on his articles, but I take issue with his concept of sadism. Rather than focusing on perversion, I’d rather we focused more on healthy sexuality, for all genders. There’s nothing inherently wrong with watching sex or giving another person pleasure, but like anything they can be used to cause harm, or to exploit. We all wear clothing, some of it likely made in sweatshops under harsh labor conditions and poor pay, but that doesn’t make clothes inherently evil or working as a laborer inherently evil, only the conditions under which the clothes were made (with some responsibility on consumers for buying this stuff).

    A great example is Bill Clinton and the Monika Lewinsky affair. A president was almost impeached for a private, consenting act between two people, when there are far, far more serious issues and problems in the world to focus on. Like abortion, sexuality is a lightning rod that diverts attention from the bigger pictures of poverty or corporate greed. If (some aspects of) American culture was less puritan about sex, the surveillance state would have less means of exposure or coercion against anyone in politics.

    The issue with the Epstein case is not sexuality itself, but how it was coerced, exploited and used to cause others harm.

    ….

    To Moderator:

    I noticed a slowing down of articles on the site. Is it just a hiatus over American Thanksgiving and the Xmas season, or another reason? If a hiatus, please put something in the letterhead for the website if you guys are taking a much deserved break. Also, is funding an issue for the website?

    1. excellent observation!
      Puritanism has never left USA—now simply inverted
      “Americans are the most prudish in western civilization: they sublimate their desire by chasing the dollar”. Sigmund Freud
      “busy busy numb; Americans cannot feel themselves alive unless they feel themselves busy. America is a vast goo of meaningless stimulation ” Thomas de Zengodita (2016)
      at one time puritans made idleness a misdemeanor in USA—no longer required
      “the artificial sexual scarcity in USA derives from the American money neurosis”. Philip Slater
      “I know of no society where the peculiar courtship procedure described as dating exists”. Geoffrey Gorer….and certainly hookups/friends with benefits does not exist either

  31. When I read the bit about the what must have been the many videos recorded by Epstein disappearing into the FBI vaults, I was reminded of the methods that J. Edgar Hoover used to remain as a powerful FBI Director for half a century ….. and his famous ‘files.

    For those who don’t have gray hair and perhaps don’t know the story, in the topsy-turvy political world of DC, J. Edgar Hoover stayed in place as the FBI Director because he was said to have blackmail material on every politician of note in his famous ‘files’. Nobody dared to fire J. Edgar.

    In today’s modern politics of scandal (and thus automatically also of blackmail), its probably even more important to have good ‘files’.

  32. I am old, disabled and poor. I have been disabled my whole life but poor since 1993 when I started receiving Social Security. What Chris has described I breathe with every breath. FDR proposed his Second Bill of Rights in 1944 to prevent this, it never happened. Senator Sanders re-visioned those rights with his Green New Deal but was not allowed to bring them forward and Joe Biden was installed. Now there is a movement to privatize Medicare. There is the Happiness Report where you can read comparisons between us and Finland and Denmark and others. It most likely will make you cry. Today 12/10/2021 the Supreme Court let the Texas abortion law stand. I makes me wonder what part of a woman is considered human and not a thing to control. At 70 I see my country disappear, devolving into Chaos with the climate emergency as it’s cell-mate. It is a shame those that have some power that isn’t too corrupt do not read and act on this one article. This voice of sanity.

  33. “Their fight is our fight.”
    Truly.
    But a brief and surely incomplete roll of the fights: Climate Change / Chaos (killer tornados in December?); war – we’re the worst, I believe, but there are multiple flashpoints that don’t vitally impress us, that could drag us in, and Iran, Israel and North Korea are eminently capable of setting us off; the law and justice are an arbitrary farce, as is enforcement; racism / white nationalism is a terror; work, not in the abstract, but as it works, is tyranny; money – Wall Street, the banks, investors, are a scourge; then our wag-along political class, petrified flesh.
    The position of women is more than a grain, for sure, but there’s plenty of wrongs competing for the blue ribbon of worst.

    In the teeth of all this we get “Prosperity!”
    Under the best of conditions it’s like the form of lottery that makes a winner of him that holds (say) five of the six winning numbers. In the current winner-take-all environment prosperity is utter chimera, cruel and unusual, and a far bigger lie than anything Trump has pushed. But it sells. For all its probability, no, impossibility, the gull, credulous voter buys it.
    While specific the ills are myriad, the whole – the system – is so large as to be impossible to grasp.
    I can recall a woman, Trump voter, a year or so into the reign, complaining “People are getting hurt, it’s just the wrong people.” The holes in that statement make a swiss cheese look and weigh like a block of lead. It is the idea, the spirit in so many, clearly the majority, ‘that “they” need to get hurt,’ well, this is the core of what’s killing us, and what buries my proposed solution, which is an insistence that abuse, agony, misery, and suffering cannot be running rogue, wild and free in a country (or a world) possessed of any genuine dignity or self-respect.

    As to “What can the individual do (as opposed to what the “society” will not do)?” Take it on on your level, in your world.
    DO NO HARM, or break it to keep the harm you do to a minimum.

  34. Ghislaine Maxwell found guilty.

    None happier at the promised appeal than corporate media.

    And who did the venerable BBC choose for its post-verdict analysis?

    Alan Dershowitz.

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