[Marxism] Steven Mnuchin, Russian oligarchs, and wildlife preservation | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Jan 30 10:28:30 MST 2019

Today’s NY Times has an article titled “Steven Mnuchin Draws Claims of 
Conflict of Interest in Decision on Russian Oligarch” that deals with 
his ties to a Russian oligarch named Len Blavatnik. Despite “divesting” 
from a film company he owned, Mnuchin was anxious to get Blavatnik to 
invest in a project that Dune Entertainment was involved with. Dune was 
now owned by Louise Linton, Mnuchin’s idiotic wife who was infamous for 
posting a photo on Instagram of herself in 2017 of her and Mnuchin on a 
trip to Fort Knox. She used hashtags to highlight the designer clothing 
and accessories she wore. When she got lambasted for her ostentatious 
display, she called her critic “adorably out of touch”, adding that she 
contributed more to the US economy and paid more in taxes than the woman 
criticizing her. Nice.

You’d think that Dune Entertainment would make films glorifying the 
rich, wouldn’t you? As it happens, they were behind “Avatar”, the 3D 
movie hailed by many critics, including me, as containing an 
anti-imperialist message. They were also behind “Wall Street: Money 
Never Sleeps”, another ostensibly leftist film. I should have italicized 
ostensibly since Oliver Stone’s film was about as leftist as his series 
of interviews with Vladimir Putin on Showtime.


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