- Nov 14, 2005
IMO the most effective deception is self-deception. Effective hustlers know that, hence why they play and prey upon things people want and wish to believe. They set the stage and the targets pull their own strings.The astonishing thing is that many of those who got scammed here would do exactly the same thing tomorrow if a new fund was set up called "The Real Build the Wall fund" run by the same scammer.
That is not an exaggeration, it is mind boggling how easily large swathes of America are continually conned out of their cash, from Madoff, to evangelists to pyramid schemes, to wellness programmes to stock market scams, to Bitcoin, to Alex Jones and a million more.
And even more mindboggling that many of the same people would cue up in Costco and push people out of the way to get a 40 cent discount on a bag of Doritos or haggle over the price of a bag of screws at a hardware store
Bizarrely, these very same people perceive themselves to be canny and astute and thrifty.
You'd think the Religious Right voters would even have a leg up on that one. What's the Devil's first inquiry? "What do you want."