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The D.C. offices of the International Monetary Fund are “an international island in the midst of the American capital,” furnishing “a climate in which romances often flourish — and lines are sometimes crossed,” Binyamin Applebaum and Sheryl Gay Stolberg report in the New York Times.
The IMF’s “female employees [are] vulnerable to harassment,” they report, citing numerous examples. “The laws of the United States do not apply inside its walls, and until earlier this month the I.M.F.’s own rules contained an unusual provision that some experts and former officials say has encouraged managers to pursue the women who work for them: ‘Intimate personal relationships between supervisors and subordinates do not, in themselves, constitute harassment.’”
How long have we Americans been lectured about how backward the United States is, and how much more sophisticated our European superiors are? Yet if recent news accounts are to be believed, IMF director Dominique Strauss-Kahn had been boorishly imposing himself on women for years — and was never called to account until he made the mistake of attempting to rape a hotel maid in Manhattan.
Our old-fashioned belief in the Rule of Law is one of those allegedly “backward” traditions that Ruling Class elitist are forever trying to cure us of. Perhaps now we understand why.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online