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Summary: For good or ill, climate has grown to become a central issue over these decades. Claiming that people are poor and helpless beginners who need experts to think for them is years past its best before date. But this claim is just great if you believe that only an elite is capable of making intelligent decisions and the rest should just shut up and do as they are told. Wasn’t that how the aristocracy worked in the 18th century, when the privileged few did the thinking? People thinking with their own heads have always been a problem for those who crave power. Today they can shut those troublemakers down by invoking expertise instead of inherited nobility. Either way you can forget about democracy.