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The Strange Case of Dominique Strauss-Kahn

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By now, everyone in the US is familiar with Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Until May 18, 2011, he was the Director of the IMF. Only four days earlier a hotel chambermaid for Sofitel hotel in NYC had formally accused him of sexual assault    According to the Huffington Post on May 14, "The New York Post initially reported that Strauss-Kahn was removed from an Air France flight just minutes before takeoff from Kennedy Airport."

It seems that another major player on the world stage has come crashing down. The director was a Frenchman, so the accusations almost sound à propos. This is, after all, the leader of an organization known for its heavy-handed tricks in pushing countries to the brink of collapse by forcing austerity measures on those who had just previously been raped and pillaged by the multinational companies and, most recently, major financial institutions.

The IMF has been instrumental in forcing major concessions from the Greeks, the Irish, the Portuguese, and the Spaniards, as a result of the need to shore up the banks and financial institutions during this current economic disaster. Max Keiser has pointed out repeatedly how the Greeks were pillaged clean by Goldman Sachs in order to fake its way into the UE, only to be stuck with bill afterwards.

The most recent episodes are nothing more than Milton Friedman-style plunder on steroids. What used to take decades to completely sack dry, can now be performed in just a few years. And many economic scholars are warning that the other shoe has yet to drop.

So Dominique Strauss-Kahn is just another one of those institutional leaders dedicated to robbing us blind for his rich, elitist friends. He was also the leading candidate for the French presidential elections in 2012, often polling higher than Sarkozy himself. Another one bites the dust, it seems.

But wait, there's more.

DSK, as he is often referred to, isn't from the same political party as Sarkozy. He's from that OTHER political party in France. You see, Dominique Strauss-Kahn is, until recently, the leading choice from the SOCIALIST PARTY of France. And the only reason he's a Socialist, is because he got tired of being a member of the Communist Party.

In other words, a former Communist, and current member of the French Socialist Party, has been the director of the IMF since 2007, prior to the current economic crisis. The naked capitalistic, Chicago-style take down of these countries has been led by a member of the French Socialist Party. Not just any member, mind you, but the one who nearly ran as the party's choice in the last elections and the one that had been leading many polls this time as well.

Since the debacle with the US housing crisis that brought down the Ponzi-like scheme of financial derivatives, millions of poor and working class people have suffered. Entire countries are being tossed under the bus to save the affected financial institutions. Many financial scholars have dubbed this the largest transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich in man's history.

But to have the director of one of the linchpins of this whole pillage an active and vital member of a Socialist Party seems Kafkaesque to say the least. This is equivalent to saying that dogs and cats are living together in harmony and peace. Whatever one says about DSK and his role in the current crisis, they can't say that he's just another Conservative elitist like the rest of them.

At the very least, he must be called a Socialist elitist.

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