WEEKEND READ: The art of blackmail

Budding criminals take note: making someone believe that, if they don't do what they're asked, a certain threat will be carried out, is not as easy as it might seem. In fact it's all part of a complex economic and mathematic theory.

The lecturer emphasised a central problem in coercion, which is to make the victim believe that if the coercion is unsuccessful, the threat will be carried out nevertheless. That is not straightforward, but it is possible.

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