Many years ago, I was a member of a committee that was recommending to whom grant money should be awarded. Since I knew one of the applicants, I asked if this meant that I should recuse myself from voting on his application.
“No,” the chairman said. “I know him too — and he is one of the truly great phonies of our time.”
The man was indeed a very talented phony. He could convince almost anybody of almost anything — provided that they were not already knowledgeable about the subject. He had once spoken to me very authoritatively about Marxian economics, apparently unaware that I was one of the few people who had read all three volumes of Marx’s Capital and had published articles on Marxian economics in scholarly journals. What our glib talker was saying might have seemed impressive to someone who had never read Capital, as most people have not. But it was complete nonsense to me.
Incidentally, he did not get the grant he applied for.
[SIDEBAR: MY MOTHER'S SECOND COUSIN, MY 'COUSIN ONCE REMOVED' IS KARL MARX. DAS CAPITAL WAS NOT READ BY ME, HOWEVER, THE WORKS OF MARX WERE THOROUGHLY STUDIED BY MY BROTHER. F.J. ALEX HALSWORTH WAS KILLED ON OUR FATHER'S BIRTHDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1986. HE HAD BEEN IN ALASKA FOR TEN  YEARS WRITING A BOOK - 'OUR FATHER AND THE CIA'. FATHER FLEW FOR AIR AMERICA AND BROTHER ATTENDED THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL IN BANGKOK, ABOUT TEN YEARS BEFORE THE TIM GEITHNER AND OTHER 'JEWRY POLITICAL ZIONISTS' MADE THE MOVES. BROTHER WAS MY BEST FRIEND. I AM NOT EVER GOING TO GET OVER WHAT THE COUNTRY HAS DONE TO OUR FAMILY. WAS IT BECAUSE OF THAT BIG NAME? CAN'T KNOW ALL THE FACTS CAUSE THE CRIMINALLY INSANE CHANGE ALL THE 'HISTORY' TO FIT THE CRIMES.
NOTICE THE SO CALLED GUY RUNNING THE COUNTRY INTO THE GROUND AND ALL FOR THE SAME AGENDAS PAID BY OUR DIGITAL 'MONEY' AND WE GET DEAD FAMILIES AND WORSE, ALIVE BEING KILLED SLOWLY BY THE CRIMINALLY INSANE CALLED 'PHONY' WHEN TRUTH IS, CONS AND SHOULD BE CONVICTED FOR THE MASS MURDER OF OUR SPECIES, HOPE CAN WAIT WHILE THE DOPES TAKE MORE WHITE DRUGS AND THEIR BRAINS ARE EATEN FULL OF HOLES, CLEARLY.]