Every society has its demise in some form or fashion. People with money are only interested in sustaining their money and what they believe is philanthropic by their terms.Two major imbalances of our world are 1) The 85 richest people have the same wealth as the bottom 3.5 billion people. Also the top 1% has 65 times as much as these 3.5 billion. And, 2) These bottom 3.5 billion have reproduced at much faster rates than the top 3.4 billion. Also, 1) & 2) are related and work together, whether they know it or not. Obamanomics for instance is bailing out the super rich with QE, and making them money richer, whilst at the same time providing all kinds of stuff for the less fortunate to live and reproduce. And the middle is left with going it alone in this disintegrating economy, and so is not reproducing, but shrinking. And this is your oligarchical paradise of a few rich is a sea of dumbed down manual laborers, which is stuck catering to their Roman lifestyles. Drugs good, science bad.
It's a potential plot I recently read in an possible upcoming movie.
Producers of goods and services need consumers' demand. So to reduce possible proposed competition, break down the class which may introduce future competition: middle class folks who have the ability to invest more than those who skim the poverty line and are dependent on producers and the govt.
Then to deny their evils, they donate a few million to causes that do not pose as an immediate threat to their own economic sustainability. Govt knows it. Lobbyists know it. The wealthy who hire the lobbyists know it. So the average schmuck gets a good butt reaming.
Q: Who is Uncle Sam?
A: The only man who has the ability to fuck u with your pants on.