Prisoner’s Dilemma Will Ultimately Expose Voter Fraud

The level of voter fraud that took place in the 2020 election does not bode well for its co-conspirators. Their eventual downfall: The sheer number of individuals involved.

There is a concept in Gaming Theory termed “Prisoner’s Dilemma.”

Prisoner’s Dilemma has to do with trust.

Do the individuals involved in a criminal act trust their fellow conspirators will not “rat them out?”

In effect, how much trust do the co-conspirators have in their fellow accomplices?

If we do not hang together; surely, we will hang separately.

Benjamin Franklin speaking before the Continental Congress

One of America’s greatest founding fathers got it right when he confronted a Continental Congress dragging its feet on declaring independence. He challenged his fellow co-conspirators to hold together—to present a unified front—or they would all share the same fate—the end of a rope.

This is the weak link in any conspiracy—you must rely on others.

In the case of Benjamin Franklin and the Continental Congress, they were in a fight for independence—from their perspective they were justified.

From the perspective of the English crown, Benjamin Franklin and his co-conspirators were criminals.

For their own self-interest, to avoid being executed, those advocating for American independence had to stick together.

Likewise, one could say the same for any cadre of conspirators.

In the criminal realm there is an adage, “there is honor among thieves.”

In reality, this cliché couldn’t be further from the truth.

Worse, as the number of individuals involved in a crime goes up, the chances of having that crime go undetected goes down.

And it is all because of the effect of “Prisoner’s Dilemma.”

Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi Scheme

Why did Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme go undetected for so long?

It took decades before the massive Ponzi scheme was exposed—and it was because only a few individuals knew the complete truth about the scam.

More important, those individuals were part of the family.

The Madoff crime syndicate was reminiscent of the early days of the Mafia—where members came from tight-knit families.

The downfall for organized crime, like the Madoff Ponzi scheme—they grew too big.

The larger the operation—the more individuals who know about it, the more likely one of the co-conspirators will sell out the group for their own self-interest.

Trust is the premise of Prisoner’s Dilemma, but there is another element.

What happens when one of the co-conspirators is apprehended?

Even if law enforcement does not have hard evidence, they have leverage—the crooks don’t know there is no hard evidence.

In this environment, law enforcement can pit one co-conspirator against the rest of the group by offering lenient terms for cooperation—the deal.

But, only the first conspirator to turn on the group gets rewarded—all others share the same fate, the proverbial end of a rope.

The time sensitivity of “the deal” puts pressure on the co-conspirators.

Who will be first to sever their own self-interest and turn on the others?

Given the size of the voter fraud, especially in the Rust Belt states, the likeliest outcome is someone will turn on the group—it’s just a matter of time.

And it’s all due to Gaming Theory’s Prisoner’s Dilemma.