Ocasio-Cortez: Only the Latest in a Long Line of 'You're Gonna Die' Con Men

"There is a sucker born every minute."  Who among us cannot recall being conned? In the 1970 tear-jerker Love Story, the dying Ali MacGraw delivers this gem: "Love means not having to say you're sorry."  With this declaration by Erich Segal, the author of the best-selling novel, millions were supplied the litmus test for the quality of their relationships: if you are expecting me to apologize for mistreating you, you obviously don't know what love is.  We blush. The typical structure of a confidence game has five elements: the perpetrator, the shill, the mark, the offer, and the response.  The shill, secretly collaborating with the perp, reassures the mark by appearing objective and kindred to the mark.  The mark is the naïve, unsuspecting victim who will suffer some loss.  The offer is a perceived positive: receiving something desirable or avoiding something undesirable.  The...(Read Full Article)
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