“What you call love was invented by guys like me…to sell nylons.” Don Draper, Mad Men
Remember Don Draper? He could sell you anything—and make you feel orgasmic doing it.
Because: “You feel something. That’s what sells.”
Draper’s success came from a masterful understanding of how easy it was to fool people and a ruthless contempt for them because of it. He could make a woman believe that if she bought those nylons, she’d be so sexy, every man would want her. He could make a man believe that if he bought that car, he’d never have to pop another Viagra pill (although Draper would sell him that, too).
Every smooth talker, from the Dalai Lama to your local drug dealer, promises to make you feel good—at least for that moment when you connect with your highest chakra or slam that drug into your vein. Whatever floats your boat, the hucksters have a way of selling it to you, making you believe that this time, the happiness will last. Only it never does, so you keep going back for a bigger fix, chasing that high.
Being the most successful con artist in the world means creating the most tantalizing lies. The better the lies, the more we buy into them. The more we buy into them, the more addicted we become. And the more addicted we become, the more powerful the liars grow.
Elon Musk is the Don Draper of our time. The biggest huckster with the best lies.
He has his good side, everybody does. He overcame an abusive childhood, so badly bullied as a kid he was hospitalized, and he has Asperger’s syndrome.
During the pandemic he expressed his frustration at the lockdowns, according to Business Insider: “Frankly, I would call it forcible imprisoning of people in their homes against all of their constitutional rights.”
He’s homeless, doesn’t seem to have much interest in material possessions and wants to send everyone to Mars. He has a charmingly nerdy way of warning people that AI is in danger of taking over humanity, while at the same time telling us he wants to microchip our brains so that AI can know our thoughts and control what we do.
He also wants you to know that once the robots take over our jobs, we will have to be on a universal basic income. That’s if we survive because by that point there will be way too many useless eaters.