jbeshir said: I distinctly remember Marginal Revolution having at least a couple of posts which were all “China says its economy is good, but its energy usage is way down, so it’s pretty obvious they’re bullshitting us.” The idea was definitely out there.

yes, it was. I think some people just took growth for granted:

In their defence, when has trusting the glowing economic reports of a communist nation ever led us wrong before?

they should have seen it coming. I mean, there were a lot of red flags.

Rasa frasa stealing my quality shitposts without attribution just like I do myself 😦

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