Last April Eva Moskowitz, founder and CEO of the publically funded, privately run Success Academy Charter School would-be-empire, held a fundraiser that, thanks to the very, very rich and infamous, garnered over seven million dollars in one garish evening.
While there were far richer guests, it is safe to say that, even among a crowd consisting largely of hedge fund managers and politicians, there was no one there more infamous than Erik Prince, founder and CEO of the publically funded, private army called Blackwater, then Xe, then Academi.
Here is Prince described by Vanity Fair: ” Erik Prince, recently outed as a participant in a C.I.A. assassination program, has gained notoriety as head of the military-contracting juggernaut Blackwater, a company dogged by a grand-jury investigation, bribery accusations, and the voluntary-manslaughter trial of five ex-employees, set for next month. “
The trial referred to by Vanity Fair concluded yesterday. While Prince himself remains rich and free, one of his former mercenaries was found guilty of murder, three others of voluntary manslaughter. All of these men worked under the command of Eva’s patron, all of them were paid large amounts of taxpayer money to do as they did. All of them are in jail while their boss remains free as a bee.
When I read about the verdict this morning I remembered Moskowitz’s fundraiser and as I did questions formed in my mind. What kind of person would invite or even permit the likes of Erik Prince to a fundraiser for kids’ schools? What kind of person would accept his blood money? What kind of ethical and spiritual degeneracy are we breathing in?
I know the answers to these questions, of course, but somehow it edifies to ask them.