‘Useful idiots’ who let China off the hook: Why is there such an apparent lack of concern over their determination to keep burning coal

All totalitarian regimes have always known that democracies ultimately can be hoodwinked into saddling themselves with stuff that would harm them. That was as true for the Athenian democracy more than 2000 years ago as it is for today’s mature democracies. Politicians want to make money and a career and busting the lies of the bad players shakes up the structures they feel so comfortable in. Who cares if the people suffer the consequences as long as their sweet turns go on and on?

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