It's tempting to think that the world is now run by a conspiracy of very rich, very selfish people: people who care only about themselves and who are happy to burn their own children.
But I don't think it is: conspiracies are extremely hard to maintain and I don't think they've ever really tried to conspire. Rather they've just done their evil in full view. And this works for a simple reason: the difference between the rich people – the people who can fund the politicians who drive brexit & who are funding climate change denialism – is only that they are very rich: it turns out that most people care only about themselves and are quite happy to burn their own children.
There's no need for a conspiracy when you don't need to hide your agenda.