The United States Of Weinstein: Complicity, Greed, & Corruption Is The Status Quo

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

If integrity means more than any of these baubles, then prepare to fail.

The theme this week is The Rot Within.

The sordid story of Harvey Weinstein is being presented as an aberration. It is not an aberration; it is merely a high-profile example of how the status quo functions in the USA, a.k.a. The United States of Weinstein, in which complicity, greed and corruption reign supreme in every sector and in every nook and cranny of power.

The dirty secret of America's status quo is that power and wealth are both extremely concentrated, which means there are gatekeepers who must be bribed, sated or serviced if you want to claw your way up the wealth-power pyramid. Mr. Weinstein's alleged conduct and payoffs of those he exploited is par for the course in the corridors of power in the USA.

As a gatekeeper in Hollywood, Mr. W. could make or break careers with absurd ease.

Gatekeepers are the key functionaries in a rentier economy in which the few at the top skim the wealth of the many. Want to play in the big leagues of Hollywood, Washington D.C., the Pentagon, or the various HQs of Global Corporate America? You have to pay the Gatekeepers what they demand.

It might be the casting couch or a slice of the profits, or a vote in committee, but the price of admission will always include complicity--silence about the crimes committed and the endemic corruption, and a sacrifice of moral standards. This is the minimal price of "success" in the elite circles of wealth and power in America.

If you doubt this, dig deep into any concentration of power in America and see what you find. Outsiders won't find anyone willing to talk, of course; that's how complicity works.

The overheated engine of complicity is greed. Hollywood kept quiet about Mr. Weinstein because insiders and wannabes alike hoped to score a plum role in Mr. W.'s next hitmaking production, or secure a couple of points of the gross. (1 point = 1%.)

This is the evil fruit of a system that ruthlessly concentrates power and wealth, not just in Hollywood and Washington D.C. but in the judiciary, in higher education, in Big Pharma, the National Security State, Corporate America and yes, the Deep State, which is comprised not of the bureaucratic functionaries (sorry to pop your balloon) of the state but those one level above the gatekeepers.

Every American has a simple but profound choice. Either place your integrity above all else, and refuse to climb the putrid pyramid of wealth and power, or succumb to greed and become complicit in an empire of greed, complicity and corruption.

If "success" means a fat salary, points of gross, invitations to A-list parties, access to the inner circle, being the right-hand boy/girl of someone powerful, a seat on the private jet, etc., then you will be required to service the gatekeepers and sacrifice whatever integrity you once possessed.

If integrity means more than any of these baubles, then prepare to fail. You won't clamber up the putrid pyramid, you won't get past the gatekeepers, and you won't be invited to join the elite skimming the nation's wealth for its own gratification and greed.

But you will still have yourself, your pride, and your integrity.

It's not an easy choice. Choose wisely. As Orwell observed about a totalitarian oligarchy, some are more equal than others. But the sacrifices required to become more equal than than the bottom 99.5% are irrevocable--you will have to sacrifice everything but your greed, your appetite for corruption and your willingness to hide the truth from the outside world.

True success lies outside the empire of greed, complicity and corruption.


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Comments

Paul Kersey drendebe10 Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:56 Permalink

Let's not make this any more complicated than it really is. Weinstein grew up a fat, disgusting blob of a kid, who was blessed (cursed) with a face that looked like pizza, and matured into something resembling the craters of the moon. The popular girls in middle school and high school were so far out of reach for Harvey, that all he had were his masturbatory fantasies. He hated these girls, and dreamed about having them in position, some day, in which he could torture, debase, humiliate and degrade them in order to achieve his revenge and get his rocks off. Achieving power and making crazy amounts of money enabled him to do just that. We will find that his brother Bob did many of the same things.

Now look at the beautiful woman who married this enormous, engorged tick. They sold him their bodies for a pieces of his wealth and power. They were high priced prostitutes, without the stigma. In the world of winner-take-all capitalism, everything, including one's integrity, is for sale at some price.

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Never One Roach drendebe10 Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:58 Permalink

Rose McGowan: Lisa Bloom Offered Millions to ‘Silence Me’ About Weinstein http://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2017/10/16/rose-mcgowan-lisa-blo… Odd they are all Democraps?Where are their Pink Pussy Hats they wore so bravely to protest our president just a few months ago?"My voice, my story, my body" stuff? http://static6.businessinsider.com/image/5883a9a5f10a9a98468b8f81-480/w… HYPOCRITS!

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JoeTurner Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:35 Permalink

How long before we have to start remembering the hollywood holocaust of 2017 ? Will there be a monument in every American city to pay tribute to the 6 gorillion shiksas that were gassed by Weinbergs stench... 

Lumberjack serotonindumptruck Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:50 Permalink

Nope...They got caught with their pants down.

An offer they couldn't refuse:

The CIA is often credited with 'advice' on Hollywood films, but no one is truly sure about the extent of its shadowy involvement. Matthew Alford and Robbie Graham investigate

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/film/2008/nov/14/thril…

Now tell me they didn’t know either, or was it just a ‘perk’.

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serotonindumptruck frank further Tue, 10/17/2017 - 20:45 Permalink

"those white WW2 guys who were "much predisposed to rape, loot, slaughter, and subjugate other neighborhood tribes."Sounds a lot like the Russians and Americans who were late getting to the fight.They did a lot of raping and pillaging, contrary to your revisionist historical fiction.Do you mean to assert that only German men are predisposed to raping, looting, and slaughtering?

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Killdo serotonindumptruck Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:37 Permalink

maybe because this is the best metaphor for this country ever?This whole corrupt clownfuckery of a country is structured this way - around licking ass to corrupt pig-ass ugly people like Weinstein. Not just in LA, but also in the Hollywood for the UGLY - Washington D.C.Cheap prostitutes meet ugly wealthy psychopaths in a self-destryctive downward spiral of shit

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Bay of Pigs Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:47 Permalink

Lets hear what John Podesta has to say about Harvey? Weinstein netted the CF, numerous Democratic candidates and the DNC literally millions of dollars. I therefore assume they were pretty good friends by the sounds of it.

Pair of twisted, sick and evil fuckers. Let them burn...

Consuelo Bay of Pigs Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:51 Permalink

  Ah yes... Lest anyone think this is all headed somewhere but the trash heap of the last news-cycle in favor of the 'next big drama' for the mainstream jackals to feed-frenzy, just keep in mind who is tied to Madame Defarge and her wife...   How much money, stock valuations, reputations, livelihoods, etc., ad-infinitum, and it becomes quite clear why she is still doing interviews, entertaining professorships, all whilst pointing the finger of righteous indignation at Donald Trump.It would literally bring the entire nation down in smoldering Babylonian ruin.   Seriously.  

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Byrond Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:46 Permalink

There's what you see on the silver screen, and there's all the stuff that happens behind the scenes. It's all pretty disgusting, but it's also business as usual. Just because an actor describes one disgusting interaction, doesn't mean that they're any better than anyone else. 

youngman Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:49 Permalink

Hollywood is all about power...and Money... they will tell you how rich they are...or what there last big deal was....over and over again....get them angry and they scream...childlike....

Herdee Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:59 Permalink

The rot within is basically how the federal government operates. They don't want revolutionary technology that they possess to be released into society. That would bring pollution free energy to cars, homes, farms, devices and everything else.  It would bring peace.  We should have had all these technology being witheld released decades ago. The U.S. government has too many secret technologies to list and they would all benefit mankind. They want war and cater to global destruction and death instead of helping men and women. They don't want a better world.

Killdo reTARD Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:44 Permalink

jews in other countries like Serbia or Argentina are completely different from jews in the US. They are much better integrated and less gready and generally nicer. Here in the USSA, they found a fertile environment with extremely cheap to bribe and naturally greedy and socially fucked up goyim. It's a marriage from hell. Zionist psychopathy meets Anglosheeple cheapness and lack of moral legs to stand onA perpetual (and cheap) Faustian bargain for all

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Killdo Lucky Leprachaun Tue, 10/17/2017 - 22:11 Permalink

I think you are right - I was in Argentina a few weeks ago. (and my friends there are jews -   the sweetest people and I bet they woudl approve of ZH) They love their country. People interact very nicely and meaningfully , tehy have so many cohesion-building social rituals - i.e. everyone kisses their friends and family when they meet and when they leave - men, women, kids, in all permutations. you can see it all over the place - there is a functioning social contract there - I have never seen so many people taht actually really care about and love their country (not fake patriotism by people who woudl be the first to welcome invaders as liberators as Don Quixote said  - as is the case here in teh US). In Serbia nobody knows about psychopaths or what the exact diagnosis is - but nobody tolerates assholes as much as people do here in the US. If you screw someone there - they will get back to you 100% they don't care if you are a psycho or not. Here in america fearful sheeple leet psychos in charge get away wioth all kinds of crimes - nto just that they worship them Stockholm-Syndrome style - and even worse they copy psychopaths instead of fighting and punishing them. That's why Zionist's natural psychopathy and selfishness (and in many ways self-haterd) blossoms here and not so much in countries where everyone is held more accountable especially psychos

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Fireman Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:08 Permalink

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OK... got the "refuse to climb the putrid pyramid of wealth and power" part with Neanderthal fatso Quasimodo Winestain chasing the virgin whores of Hollyweird sideshow. Now bring out the satanic baby eating pedophile reptilians, the real scum from the sewers of Washing town to the gutters of Hollyweird.Pizza Time! That's the real story here.

johnjkiii Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:11 Permalink

Love to see him go to prison and be put in with the Arian nation but of course, no one goes to jail anymore let alone getting even arrested.

Nobs Here Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:19 Permalink

While these vitue signaling predators protect the virginal honor of grown adults, yet children are treated worse. Heck, the laws are stacked against kids entering evidence past the court appointed atterney because they are the star of Kiddy porn.It's like we get them the means to prove rape and they ARESST the kid for child porn.In family court, all secrets are locked up with a NDA that has sharp teeth. All due to child privacy laws that are the Pedophiles greatest weapon.

gdpetti 44magnum Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:50 Permalink

Yes and no.... what the article doesn't mention is that Weinstein is just one of many in this predator club... and that's only the Hollywood branch of this global predator club... he's not even the tip of the iceberg... which is why he felt so secure and comfortable in town and able to get away with it.... same in DC, Lodon, Paris, Rome, Tel Aviv etc. 

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dot_bust Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:41 Permalink

The prevalence of monopolies makes it possible for parasitic corporate titans to feed off their subordinates like a parasite feeding off a host.The big movie studios are monopolies. A case in point is the fact that Comcast owns NBCUniversal. That means that Comcast is involved with production and distribution. It's actually a blatant violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.In the Supreme Court case, United States v. Paramount Pictures, Inc., 334 US 131 (1948), the court ruled that the movie studios couldn't own theater chains.That ruling has been undermined by Comcast and other multimedia conglomerates.