Everybody knows Ben Stein, crotchety old lawyer and sometimes actor that comes out on a regular basis to lecture the peasants on how good they have it and remind them that this is only because of the genius and hard work of the rich among us. He pretends to know a lot about economics and business but really just pushes the talking points that come down from the think tanks funded by the Koch Brothers.
Stein came to prominence in Republican circles as a speech writer for Nixon and Ford. He has always maintained that Nixon having been driven from office was a disaster and that the “evidence” from Deep Throat was simply made up by Woodward and Bernstein. He has maintained this stance even after a senior FBI official was identified as the source.
Ben knows what his job is and he has sprung into action to defend the alleged rapist Dominique Strauss-Kahn describing his treatment as “shameful” (how dare they put him in a common jail), Stein is careful to point out that he has never met the man. This didn’t stop him from writing an 8 point defense of him based largely on the fact that DSK comes from a class of people that should be treated better. He also points out that the alleged victim of the rape is a maid and while most hotel maids that Ben has known have been fine hard working people some have been “complete lunatics” who stole from Ben on many occasions.
The other 7 points are equally filled with absurd arguments that revolve around “proving” that the rich guy innocent but lets look at just one point, “2.) In life, events tend to follow patterns. People who commit crimes tend to be criminals, for example. Can anyone tell me any economists who have been convicted of violent sex crimes? Can anyone tell me of any heads of nonprofit international economic entities who have ever been charged and convicted of violent sexual crimes? Is it likely that just by chance this hotel maid found the only one in this category? Maybe Mr. Strauss-Kahn is guilty but if so, he is one of a kind, and criminals are not usually one of a kind.”
Stein asserts as a logical premise that no other economist has ever been convicted of violent sex crimes so it couldn’t have happened this time because it has never happened before. The fact is that violent sex crimes committed by strangers are relatively rare and international economists with this kind of power are a very small number. This one event will doubtless spike the percentage of indicted economists to a high multiple compared to the general population.
Where Stein says, “Is it likely that just by chance this hotel maid found the only one in this category?” Well, I don’t think she was looking for a rapist but was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. But is Stein just stupid or is it the old Nixon speech writer using a statement to “telegraph” an idea? [she was looking for it]. “events tend to follow patterns. People who commit crimes tend to be criminals” [she does this all the time]
This is of course the modus operandi of the people in Stein’s business. Create the illusion that the rich sociopaths can do no wrong and the poor are just opportunists always out to take advantage. After all the rich were chosen by god to rule over us so by definition it can’t be a crime. Nothing Ben Stein’s masters do to the rest of us are crimes and don’t you forget it. www.prairie2.com
Stein's original article http://spectator.org/archives/2011/05/17/presumed-innocent-anyone