The Paradoxical Pleasure of Being Conned

The worst autocrats arise like stage magicians

Jim Mason
Woodworkers of the World Unite!!!
1 min readApr 3, 2024

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It can seem inexplicable that so many people follow politicians who, to others of us are as dangerous, or dangerously incompetent as real leaders. But their ability to attract followers demonstrates that those same politicians are competent as con artists. What accounts for that apparent paradox?

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Jim Mason
Woodworkers of the World Unite!!!

I study language, cognition, and humans as social animals. You can support me by joining Medium at https://jmason37-80878.medium.com/membership