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Some Conspiracies are Real. They’re Even Headline News

Here’s a letter to the Wall Street Journal:

Your headline reads “Nations Unite in Global Agreement on Climate Change” (Dec. 12).  But that’s inaccurate.  A more accurate headline would be “Politicians from Nations Unite in Global Agreement on Climate Change.”

This more-accurate headline helps to reveal the ugly underlying reality: government ‘leaders’ – duplicitous and opportunistic people who specialize in winning popularity contests called ‘elections,’ whose ideas of improving the world involve little more than ordering others around by threatening to cage or kill them, and who are notable as a group for possessing precious little understanding of economics or of commerce – are conspiring with each other to ensure that their citizens can’t escape any additional, costly, and counterproductive commands that are imposed upon them in the name of the environment.

We can only hope that the duplicity and opportunism of this conspiracy’s architects ensure that it will unravel sooner rather than later.

Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
Martha and Nelson Getchell Chair for the Study of Free Market Capitalism at the Mercatus Center
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA  22030