Anti-GMO movement: “There’s a sucker born every minute”

That famous quote is widely credited to P.T.Barnum. However, some sources claim that the quote originated with a guy named David Hannum.

The story goes that Hannum was exhibiting something called the Cardiff Giant which was a hoax. At the same time Barnum decided to exhibit a Cardiff Giant he claimed was the original. Hannum sued him and lost. When the hoax was revealed, people still lined up and paid to see Barnum’s giant.

Say hello to the anti-gmo movement.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way. Let’s look at the anti-gmo movement or what is called  the long con. A long con is one that takes a while to play out. You gain the mark’s trust over time by playing the guy who’s on their side. Then you take them for their dough.

In the anti-gmo version of the long con, the endgame is not to get the mark’s money. It’s to stop short.  The mark never knows they’ve they’ve been roped in and are being conned. That’s the payoff.

 

 

 

 

One Thought on “Anti-GMO movement: “There’s a sucker born every minute”

  1. The Anti-GMO movement is about taking the Moral High Ground. It’s about forcing the Great Unwashed to recognize and obey their Betters. This is the core issue of a lot of Cosmopolitan Western Intellectual hobby horses. These people are like the Antebellum Planter Aristocracy, or the European Aristocracy that came before that, or the Social Darwinists that thrived between the American Civil War and World War I. They think they were placed on Earth by a kindly Providence for the specific purpose of telling the Common Man what to do.

    There wasn’t a whole lot of excuse for such pillocks during the Middle Ages. There was less in the 19th Century. And there is still less now. The progress of civilization can be traced by the degree to which the Common Man is allowed to tell such people to go climb a tree, and make it stick.

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