On this edition of Parallax Views you'll hear the first part of a conversation with Pearse Redmond of Porkins Policy Review and the Open Minds Foundation on the sordid saga of disgraced billionaire and child sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Much has been made of Jeffrey Epstein, often refered to as the "Billionaire Pedophile", by right-wing pundits due to his connections with Bill Clinton. However, mum's the word when it comes to Epstein's relationship to current President of the United States. We begin by giving a brief summary of who Epstein is for listeners who may not be familiar with him. Pearse unpacks how Epstein first came on the radar as a sex offender before discussing the often overlooked relationship between Epstein and Trump. From there we dive into the Palm Beach police force and FBI's involvement in the Epstein case as well as a discussion of the possible psychology behind Epstein's sex offences. Pearse points out a number of details about how Epstein has deflected criticism, the manipulative tactics Epstein used to perpetrate his crimes, and Epstein's targeting of young girls from lower income neighborhoods. In particular, Pearse highlights the massive power imbalances in the relationships between Epstein and the underage girls he sought out.
We then delve more into Epstein's background, which is decidedly of a working class/poorer strata than old money elites, and how this may factor into his psychology. Pearse and I note the extravagant image that Epstein, like Trump, has cultivated for himself as well as delving into Epstein's need to climb the social ladder. Pearse delves into how Epstein went from a lower class status into the world of elites. This leads to a discussion of Epstein's career in the financial career and philanthropic foundation which themselves seem to be colored by possibly shady chicanery including his being mentored by white collar ponzi scheme criminal Steven Hoffenberg.
In part two of the conversation we will take a deep dive into some of the other players in the sordid saga of Epstein's child sex offences, the possible web of connections that tie Epstein to figures like Roger Stone, and the recent low-key, secretive meeting that took place between Epstein and right-wing man of infamy Steve Bannon.