Here’s what I want authorities to focus on re- the Epstein case:
I want to know not just who his accomplices were, but perhaps even more urgently, who the customers were (I’m not sure what to call them, but I’m trying to differentiate them from people who were involved in Epstein’s operation on an ongoing basis), and who received the dirt on those clients.
I want to know just how much of the screwing up of the public good during the last several decades happened because pedophiles in positions of power within the U.S. and its allies were being blackmailed. I want Epstein’s customers to tell us exactly which things they did in order to satisfy the blackmailers’ demands. I’d be willing to give them a degree of leniency in exchange for truthful answers. And I want the people who got and used the dirt prosecuted, too, and for them to make restitution as far as possible not only to the children violated but also for the screwing up of the public good accomplished or facilitated through their blackmail.
E.g., if Clinton was a customer – I’m not saying he was, but just to walk through the type of questions I want answered – did blackmail have anything to do with his role in the repeal of Glass-Steagall, or the decision to exempt credit derivatives from regulation, or the Telecom Act of 1996? And exactly who demanded that he facilitate those measures?
We may never know or see most of that. But above all, I hope we learn who Epstein’s customers were; because some of those people may still be in power, and still be being blackmailed.
A modern economic system demands mass production of students who are not educated and have been rendered incapable of thinking.
– U.N.E.F. Strasbourg, On the Poverty of Student Life (1966).