The New York Times reports today that Dominic Strauss Kahn is defending himself from charges involving a prostitution ring in France by claiming that he is in the tradition of French libertinage.
Commenting publicly on his history with “parties fines” as the decorous orgies are called, he said, “There are numerous parties that exist like this in Paris, and you would be surprised to encounter certain people.” There it is again, that weird idea that Kubrick put into the mouth of Sydney Pollack at the end of Eyes Wide Shut – You wouldn’t believe it if I told you the people that go to these parties…
I guess this is an example of the power-elite believing their own propaganda, that they are fine upstanding citizens of greater moral fiber than the rest of us. Or should I say, it’s an example of them believing that everyone else believes it?
Am I wrong in thinking that SK looks like the main male character in the comic, Madwoman of the Sacred Heart, by Jodorowsky and Moebius, originally published in French? The story is about a Sorbonne professor of philosophy, a figure among the cultural élite of Paris, who descends into a whirlpool of cultism and sex.