This is the look in the mirror thread. The public is stupid, it's the elite... so stop blaming politicians.
Here you go OfficePants
Read the comments as well.
Communism is bad for the elite, it brings the top down to the middle.
No, it concentrate the elite. There is no middle class in communism by definition which is it's Achilles heel as when Marx & Engels wrote the Manifesto they did not account for the emergence of the middle class: a concentrated elite and everyone else.
The middle class is what fails democracies by virtue of being comfortable. The lower classes aspire to the middle class.
We can aspire to the elite class but Breaking in is rare. Old money dislikes new money. New money either behaves like old money or tries to save the world and turns its back on the home country.
Look at the American legislative structure. In most state the pay for a legislator is a pittance relatively speaking. Only someone with money or access to money can afford to serve.
Education is messed from the get go. It is not about critical thought but memorization and regurgitation. It focusses in the lowest common denominator and rather than nurturing the truely gifted students it spends all of its efforts on the "gifted" those students who lack the intellectual capacity to learn on their own. Social promotion because we cannot have competition with winners and losers. Everyone is a winner and gets a ribbon for trying just so darn hard. Can't fail anyone anymore as that is just not right. Just do it again and again until you have figured out the test structure and have memorized all the answers. Plagiarize if you want.
You can't be in the elite unless you have a birthright or hit the creative lotto like Jobs or Gates.
We are all complacent because we are either comfortable or spending all our waking hours wanting to get there.
I have just resolved myself to the fact that we are an alien ant farm and I just wake up each morning to see what the aliens have introduced into the plexiglass.
How do you define elite? I think we might be thinking about two different definitions.
Regardless, under a system of communism why do you have elite. I understand in all established communist regimes you had the elite in power, but I don't think that they are necessary in a truly equal society or are a part of a true communist society. If they are viewed as a part of a communist society I see very little difference between the way America is headed and a communist society with hugely increased centralized control.
So basically short of personal elevation into the exalted class the individual is fucked.
That because there are sheep who are in the majority, indoctrinated by culture or counterculture (which is merely the alternative version of culture oft marketed by the same people), we are doomed to fall under the power of the elite. What is the use in thinking on this level, do you hope to effect some change where you get more? How is it beneficial to think of things that whether or not they are true you cannot change.
Is this a question where we can change things or are we merely a tool of one of the elites. For example in the video you listed, is this an attempt to change power from the politicians to the new media elite? Alternatively they could be a mere diversion of the elite to distract from the power struggles withing politics and promote voters from one party to not vote due to disenfranchisement. These questions are complex and there are a plethora of these questions for every action. Personally I prefer to spend my time just looking at clothes, preparing to climb mountains, and listening to music to drown out thoughts of meaninglessness, but if you prefer to hypothesize about things that are virtually unchangeable all power to you.
Not doing anything is doing something, by not taking part in the system you are inherently taking part in the system. Someone benefits from people not playing, by virtue of being born you were entered into the system. Look at voting statistics per group and then look at voting turnout, also look at benefits of informed voters for their own self interests. Unless you are removing yourself from the system as a novel idea (which I highly doubt most ideas today are) you are following someone else and building their power. Not only are you giving up power to other voters (despite the net loss being miniscule (aprox (1/299,999,999)-(1/300,000,000) voting shares)) but also you are directly empowering the person who you are following (despite feeling like this is a way out of the system).
I disagree you cannot effect change on people outside your family, kids, and people that trust you. You can have an immense effect on many people by engaging in violent behavior, in many cases known as terrorism. As a base terrorism is the infliction of an ideology onto a mass of people by means of force. This is a means of amplification that allows for extremely minor players (depending on the severity and success even including the average sheep) to alter reality for the masses. Yes, the power structure (the media machine) can and will twist this to their own ends (see manifestos vs media story of brevik, unibomber, elliot rodger) but the message disseminates.
NOTE - I do not support or encourage any form of terrorism, domestic or international.
How is a basketball player an elite? They are nothing more than animals used to play games. They have no true power or money, just a body they trade for momentary benefits.
So who owns the team, same level of elite? Royal family is a figurehead, lets see him meet banking dynasty elite. This is superficial bullshit, same as pop stars and actors. Pretty faces and distractions for the masses to distract from those behind the scenes.
So the royal family is superior to the Rothschild dynasties for instance? The whole concept of bloodline never sat right with me.
Not true, the same could have been said of the italian monarch or the tsar but they were removed from power. Anyone can lose their status, everyone is still mortal.
Going back to OP's "sit back and watch" advice, I agree. The overlords are masters of many things, and dividing and conquering is one of them. It's in 1984 and elsewhere. You can't play in their game and win. You have to not play the game. Don't use credit cards, don't have debt, don't give to political campaigns, don't pay for media (oops), etc.
The Matthew effect is in full effect. Those with power first parlay it into money and those with money first parlay it into power. The playing field stopped being level long ago. The game is rigged and we're the suckers. You win by not playing.