It seems to me that the Roman Polanski case illustrates point of fact about the Elite.
The guy admitted that he raped a 13 year old girl. Then before he was to be sentenced he fled the country and took refuge in France. The French authorities protected him for 32 years. When Mr. Polanski was to be honored in Switzerland the Swiss authorities arrested him and are extraditing him to the USA to face charges of child rape and skipping bail.
So far I have heard the Elite argue how awful it is, that a man who has given so much to the world, (directed movies), is being treated this way. [The Roman aristocracy said the same thing about Coriolanus.] A man of this stature in the Arts community should be given some latitude… after all his wife and unborn child were murdered by Charles Manson’s gang. Mr. Polanski paid the parents millions of dollars to make amends. Plus it was over 30 years ago… Blah, Blah, Blah…
The only point I want to make, is, that the man must face justice. There is no other alternative. Else we live under the system Aristotle claimed was the worse of all alternatives for governance… Oligarchy that is above the law.
The same reason we need a NUMA Roman Polanski must stand trial or be sentenced for his admitted crime. Exactly the same as if he was fat, lived in a trailer park and was poor. To give Mr. Polanski special treatment because he is a member of the Elite would be tacitly saying the Elite are so much above the law they can rape our daughters at will. All they need to do is give us some money to pay for the pleasure. Making our daughters prostitutes… Whenever the Elite want them.
The Elite must be held to the same standard of personal conduct that we are! As we have considered before in many other blogs, bbs’s, the NUMA, and in the Manifesto To do otherwise is to ask for corruption in government, that will then corrupt the industrialists, then corrupt the people. When the people are thoroughly corrupt we will loose our freedom. Remember Machiavelli’s maxim “A corrupt people can never be free.”
Society benefits if Mr. Polanski is tried for his crime. Society is undermined if he is not. Not because Mr. Polanski’s interests are damaged but because society must know that the Elite are held to the same standard of personal conduct as we are. Damaging Mr. Polanski’s interests are not relevant. That they will be damaged is a side effect of the fact he must be treated the same as any other citizen.
Civilized societies don’t have different standards of personal conduct according to the personal fortune or power wielded by an individual. Civilized societies hold all their members to the same standard of conduct regardless of their fortune, status, breeding, power, personality or any other excellent attribute(s) a person may have.
Most if not all of societies problems are from the Elite being above the law. Take one limited example, laws regarding vice. Prostitution is illegal in most places in the US. Yet many politicians frequent prostitutes. The prostitutes that politicians frequent are very protected. Think about the Heidi Fleiss affair. No politician’s names were released… were they? Yet she had lists of names of big shot politicians at the time. If politicians were held to the same standards as you and I, not only would the names have been released but, prosecutions would have followed.
If this were the state of affairs politicians would be far more judicious about the laws they pass. They know they won’t be held to anything they pass. Only the little people. If the are caught not paying a few tens of thousands of dollars in taxes… oh well. No wonder raising taxes is so attractive. The ones passing the laws won’t have to pay them… You and I do.
So Roman Polanski must be extradited to the US. He must stand trial. If found guilty he must spend as much time in jail as someone who is an unknown would. Anything less and the Elite are telling us in no uncertain terms… Our daughters are theirs to do with as they wish.