good boy greed

The confirmation of a hard-right Supreme Court justice didn’t go as
well as the eleven male Republican senators of the Judiciary
Committee thought it would. The nominee’s impeccable record—from
an elite’s point of view—was ruined by a woman’s story about her
being abused and nearly raped by him, drunk, thirty-six years ago
during a party at someone’s house. The nominee angrily denied all
accusations: rape, violence, or heavy drinking. His teary, partisan
denunciation was not enough to shake the deep impression made on
everyone by the woman, Ms Blakey Ford, a psychology professor now.
The nominee would be one of five conservative judges on the highest
court in the land. He would be one of two judges under suspicion of
having abused women. At stake is not only the sexual abuse of power
by men over women, but what it implies more generally, that is, the
hypocrisy of a conservatism that claims to defend moral values,
when in reality all it wants is to twist and destroy the rule of
law and the power of rational government regarding bank
regulations, social expenditures, health system, labor rights,
response to climate change, regulations on a large number of
industries, and replace it with greed…. The accusation made
against this nominee cannot be proved, even after the FBI, which
has been asked to focus narrowly on this event this coming week,
interviews some of the witnesses and provides a report that will
not disturb the Republican plan to seat this conservative justice. But its
revelatory power regarding the nature of modern politics and
economics has been remarkable. It set in plain view the nature of
modern capitalism: a greedy, grabbing, drunken, laughing affair
that demeans human lives.

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