In the news you see a good pyramid swindle story every few months. Not like it doesn’t happen in the professional investing world (Madoff), but thing is you see a lot of cases where the scammer is an obvious dilettante. And you wonder, how could this guy really have come off as credible enough for people to give him tens of thousand dollar checks to cash?
Well, it’s got to be that a lot of people just rilly rilly want to believe. Like the Republicans who made Trump their nominee.
Loveland over there at WWP has a column that is anxious to the potentiality of a Trump presidency. http://www.wrywingpolitics.com/confession-of-a-facebook-killjoy/ He thinks it’s a Neimoller moment, and he’s not alone. Over at the old SRC they are revived with motivation to write little anti-Trump ditties.
I don’t mock, I just reassure:
- He ain’t going to win
- If he does win, there will be a lot of prestige in advocating for the side of wisdom and against Trump. This on the Democrat and Republican side. They’ll be able to lock enough levers to gum things up.
- To that point, if Trump does win, it will just be 4 gridlocked, wasted years. Worse than the Obama years, but nothing we can’t get through.
So I am not worried, except in acknowledging what I think is the disturbing thing…. that you got some tens of millions of people in this country whose instinct to believe overpowers their ability to discern the dilettante swindler. I didn’t know there were that many of them.