I am often criticized for being a conspiracy nut when I say that the USA is no longer a self-governing republic but instead an oligarchic fascism ruled by elites made up of, and controlling, government, business, the media, and academia.
The thing is this isn’t really a conspiracy in the traditional sense of the definition.
It is simply the natural result of the central government growing too large, and the Constitutional checks and balances becoming ineffective; obsolete. Let me explain what I mean.
We are not “ruled” by an iron willed cabal of co-conspirators so much as by a collection of elite special interests that are quite happy with the status quo. Big Business likes being able to use the government to erect obstacles against smaller nimbler competitors. They also like being able to collude with the political parties to extract government contracts and benefits. Bureaucrats and politicians are happy to be able to extract extortion money from Big Business, Unions, and other special interests to line their pockets. The Media and Academia do their job of acting as a holy priesthood selling the masses on the “justice” of the system. All these “elites” are potential mini-dictators in competition to control the system, not a uniform monolithic conspiracy directing every aspect of the system. They cooperate when it suits their interests, and compete with each other to obtain added power and benefits when that is more advantageous for them. What is missing is the Constitutional limitations that used to deprive the ruling elites of access to the power and authority of a dominant central government, and also a people willing to defend their freedoms and liberties from these opportunistic elites.
This process is as natural as a river changing its course over time.
The Late Roman Republic showed these same traits. Corruption, conspiracies, coups, fraud, financial mismanagement, foreign adventurism, etc. Eventually the Republic collapsed. What is happening in America is not the result of some grand confederacy of dunces joining together to bring down the country, but a wholly natural evolution of what happens when the central government becomes too large, the people become too soft, and the infrastructure of ‘democracy’ becomes wholly corrupted.
In the absence of some great event or some great leader nothing will change. Wishful thinking is not a substitute for rational thought.