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Introduction

The very first article in the Politix 101 series (Politix) explains that politics is much bigger than government, which is essentially an organization. This article is where the rubber meets the road. Brace yourself!

Political Systems Overview

This article is long, and portions of it can be a little disturbing. On the positive side, I think you’ll find it a surprisingly fast and interesting read. You may also find much of it easy to understand, and it’s a real eye-opener. Most people who read this article for the first time have never even heard of shadow governments or shadow people, even though they’re all around us, some of them in plain sight. And if you’re looking for cutting edge political terms, try biocontrol or Jewarchy.

What is a political system?

Just as organs can work together to form systems (e.g. circulatory system), so can groups of organizations and institutions form larger political systems. Let’s define political system as a collection of organizations or institutions (including government) that work together to control a country or society — or even the world.

That’s not the official definition. In fact, there are several definitions of “political system.” But that’s the definition we’re using here.

To illustrate what I’m talking about, imagine if a corrupt politician announced his plans to order the military to invade another country for some incredibly lame reason. If you want a real-life example, consider President George W. Bush’s invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq or Obama’s invasion of Libya.

Most mature adults are opposed to war. And if they make their voices heard, they can create a powerful movement that might actually prevent a war.

But they have a hard time making their voices heard because the “corporate media” largely ignore them. And if they stage a protest, they may be attacked by rogue police officers. At the same time, public schools may help sell the war by allowing military recruiters to visit schools.

Now you know what people mean when they say, “Why fight the system?” or “You can’t beat the system” (though it is possible to beat the political system).

This is an example of government, the media, law enforcement and public education working together as a team, as cogs in a much bigger political system. You might think of it as a spider web, though political systems don’t have to be scary or corrupt.

Below are brief descriptions of nearly two dozen of the most important political — or politicized — institutions. The list varies somewhat between countries; some countries don’t have a military, for example. Also, remember that there is no official list of political system components; their names and organization are largely a product of definition and perspective. And you will discover some new definitions here. ;)

IV. Mind Control
12. Education
13. Media
14. Entertainment
15. Religion
16. Symbols and Ritual
17. Science & Technology
18. Internet
V. Backup Control
19. Controlled Opposition
20. Shadow People
21. Assassins
VI. The People
22. The Public
23. Activists
I. The Ruling Class
1. Plutocrats
> Global Elitists
2. Jewarchists
3. Secret Societies
II. Financial-Corporate Control
4. Banks
> Federal Reserve
5. Corporations
III. Direct Control
6. Shadow Government
7. Government
8. Law
9. Law Enforcement
10. Military
11. BioControl

I. The Ruling Class

What better place to start than at the top? The United States (and most other countries) is controlled by some very rich, powerful people. They include Bill Gates and people who some think are even richer than Gates — far richer. In fact, these people largely control the entire world.

There are many names for these people, including plutocrats and global elitists. They appear to organize themselves largely via secret societies, corporations and what I like to call shadow governments, or private-public power networks. Some are also organized into Jewarchistic organizations.

1. Plutocrats

Plutocrats

Rich people who control a country’s government are called plutocrats. The United States is often held up as an example of a plutocracy — a nation ruled by the rich.

By 2016, the sixty-two richest people reportedly had as much wealth as half the people in the world, and the top 1% owned more than the other 99%.
Global Elitists

In fact, rich, powerful and corrupt people can be found in just about every country. At the same time, plutocrats in one country often exploit ordinary people in other countries.

We might create a special category for the super rich people who many believe control the world. These shadowy figures — some of whom are believed to have far more money than Bill Gates — have inspired a number of names, including global elitists.

2. Jewarchists

Jewarchists

Many people believe Jews, particularly a group of Jews named Rothschild, are the most powerful people on the planet. It’s a difficult topic to discuss or explain, partly because these people are so secretive and partly because Jews like to call anyone who criticizes Jews antisemitic, a grossly misused word that supposedly means anti-Jewish.

Fortunately, there’s a new political correct term for corrupt Jews — Jewarchists.

To learn more about Jewarchism, check out this brief article (just five paragraphs) in New York Magazine, Bad for the Jews, then explore Geobop’s Jews 101 series. Then you’ll understand why many people believe something that might be broadly dubbed the Jewish Mafia is a major part of the political system in not just the United States but many other countries as well.

Note that Jewarchists are generally plutocrats, but not all plutocrats are Jewarchists. Nor all Jews bad Jews (i.e. Jewarchists).

3. Secret Societies

Secret Societies

There are lots of conspiracy theories swirling around us concerning secret societies and blood relationships linking the rich and powerful. Should we believe them?

Many of these theories are bogus, and some are downright bizarre. But most bizarre of all are the secret society conspiracy theories that sound a little wacko at first yet appear to be grounded in fact. In fact, “secret” societies and rituals exist among both the ruling class and ordinary people.

Think about the secret clubs and rituals that unite street gangs, for example. The corporate titans and corrupt politicians who run Seattle have long met at the Washington Athletic Club — a somewhat secretive ritual, whether participants belong to a secret society or not.

Far more famous are the Freemasons. And here’s where I hit a (hopefully temporary) brick wall, for I don’t know enough about the Freemasons or secret societies in general to explain them in detail. But here are a few things to ponder.

Several U.S. presidents, including George Washington, were Freemasons. The infamous Protocols of the Elders of Zion link Jewarchism (Jewish corruption) with Freemasonry. Those two facts don’t prove the Freemasons are corrupt or evil, but they should plant a red flag in your mind.

Skull and Bones

But secret societies aren’t all ancient history. Consider Yale’s exclusive Skull and Bones secret society, whose members included two future U.S. presidents — George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush. Bill Gates was invited to at least one conference sponsored by the Bilderbergs, which might be regarded as a secret society.

Check out this video of President John F. Kennedy’s legendary “secret societies speech,” delivered in 1961. At 1:35, Kennedy says, “For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covet means for expanding its sphere of influence, on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.”

But who was he talking about — communists? Organized crime? The Israeli/Jewish Mafia? Whatever it was, Kennedy apparently felt it had infiltrated U.S. government to a dangerous degree. In fact, some people believe this speech is one of the reasons Kennedy was assassinated, perhaps as part of an Israeli operation.

So yes, secret societies can be considered an element of political systems. In fact, they may be the most powerful type of political organization on the planet.

II. Financial-Corporate Control

The rich people who control the world have to get their money somewhere. Much of their money and power is derived from banks and corporations.

Indeed, it is widely believed that the U.S. government is run by corporations, though other people insist it’s controlled by bankers. In fact, banks and corporations both have enormous power over people around the world.

4. Banks

Banks

A bank is a financial institution that helps people who want to save or borrow money or make other financial transactions.

Banks have become famous for their extraordinary power and corruption. Many people believe the U.S. government is run by “banksters.”

Another term frequently heard in the political arena is “Jewish bankers.” This term derives largely from the practice of usury — the practice of lending money and requiring the borrower to pay a high amount of interest. Usury was generally frowned on or forbidden by Christians and Muslims during the Middle Ages, though it was practiced by Jews.

Loosely speaking, the banking industry includes a variety of organizations and schemes based on usury, including hedge funds, which have been described as “vulture funds.”

The influence of Jews in the world of finance isn’t limited to usury. Consider Paul Singer, a Jewish-Zionist billionaire “vulture capitalist” who nearly wrecked Argentina’s economy.

The economists John Maynard Keynes and Harry Dexter White (a Jew) are considered the founding fathers of both the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, both headquartered in Washington, D.C. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) specializes in loaning money to other countries, particularly poor countries. Once in debt to the IMF (and the U.S.), such countries are easier to manipulate and exploit. The World Bank is an international financial institution that provides loans to developing countries for capital programs.

Paul Wolfowitz (a Zionist Jew) left George W. Bush’s administration to serve briefly as president of the World Bank until he was forced out because of corruption.

Federal Reserve

Yet another institution that is even more blatantly controlled by Jewish interests is the Federal Reserve (aka “The Fed”), which serves as the United States’ central banking system. The Federal Reserve has been at the center of many conspiracy theories since it was established in 1913. Yet Wikipedia’s article about the Federal Reserve didn’t mention the words conspiracy or Jew once when I checked it in January 2016.

That’s odd because the Federal Reserve was created by Jews. It’s possible that some of the founders weren’t Jews, but the only founders who are commonly cited in articles about the Federal Reserve are Jews.

The Federal Reserve was created during a secret meeting. In other words, private citizens weren’t invited or allowed to vote on the issue; they didn’t even know about this strange new “federal reserve” until the media announced its creation.

The Federal Reserve’s first chairman was Jewish. The current chairman is Jewish. Almost every chairman in between, including Alan Greenspan, has been Jewish.

The Federal Reserve is widely maligned for its ability to “create money out of thin air,” then loan it to the U.S. government at interest. And since the Federal Reserve has so much control over the government — which has virtually no control over the Federal Reserve — the Fed can easily persuade the government to spend vast sums of money on wars (but not so much on health care, schools, etc.).

Many conspiracy theorists believe the most powerful figures in the world of finance are members of the Jewish family Rothschild. It is often said that nearly every country in the world is controlled by a “Rothschild bank.” The few exceptions include Cuba and (until recently) Libya. In fact, Libya’s financial independence is cited by some as one of the reasons it was invaded and destroyed by NATO.

5. Corporations

Corporations

Since the Civil War, corporations have evolved into incredibly powerful entities, empowered by the notion of corporate personhood. It is widely perceived that the U.S. government is controlled by corporations. Indeed, some corporations are more powerful than some nations. Making things more confusing, multi-national corporations blur the lines between national borders.

Corporate personhood is the legal notion that a corporation, separately from its associated human beings (like owners, managers or employees), has some, but not all, of the legal rights and responsibilities enjoyed by people.

Bill Gates almost qualifies as a political institution all by himself. His first corporation, Microsoft, operated a virtual monopoly for years and remains extremely powerful (and corrupt). Through his second major corporation — the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — Gates is investing in other corrupt corporations. Teaming up with Monsanto behind genetically modified food, he appears to be involved in what some describe as the recolonization of Africa.

While some fear Monsanto’s ultimate goal is taking control of the global food supply, other corporations seem bent on owning the rights to drinking water. In fact, food and water are even more important than money. Controlling them would thus be the ultimate form of power.

III. Direct Control

Corrupt financial institutions can cause poverty and help create wars. However, the institutions listed below actually fight those wars and prevent poor people from revolting.

Direct Control

6. Shadow Government

Public-Private Matrix

As the nickname, private-public matrix, implies, a shadow government serves as a liaison between the ruling class — or the corporate sector, at least — and the politicians and citizens that work for the super rich. But it isn’t just about networking; the so-called shadow government actually makes many of the decisions that are later enacted or enforced by the political leaders citizens vote for. In other words, the shadow government is the real government.

But what’s the point of governing if you can’t make lots of money on the side?

Many powerful people sit on multiple boards and have financial interests in multiple corporations. Such memberships can serve as a form of networking and can also be used to reward people; for example, corrupt superintendents recruited to head the Seattle School District are given board memberships to boost their already outlandish salaries.

Consider Seattle’s Alliance for Education, essentially a corporate enterprise designed to exploit children. In January 2016, its Board of Directors consisted of two dozen individuals representing powerful corporations and law firms, including Microsoft, Boeing, Amazoncom and Ben Bridge Jeweler (a representative of the sleazy Jewish diamond industry). Other members include phony activists (aka controlled opposition) and at least one “community volunteer.” The Emeritus Board features thirty-one members representing Ben Bridge Jeweler, the Gates Foundation, several banks and law firms, Weyerhaeuser, Boeing and other corporations, along with four more token “community volunteers.” (Corrupt local politicians were also among the Alliance for Education’s members in the past.)

That’s a total of fifty of the sleaziest and most powerful people in Seattle. And many of these same people sit on other corporate boards. Some may be members of environmental groups, education reform groups, government agencies, phony “citizens’ panels,” or community-oriented organizations. And Microsoft, the Gates Foundation, Boeing, Amazoncom and other corporate giants have still more agents who belong to still more similar organizations.

Such networking also helps promote cronyism. If you want to make a lot of money, it helps to rub elbows with the rich and the powerful, but they won’t invite you to the party unless you’re willing to do their dirty work. If you have a relative or spouse who has a powerful position with Microsoft or Exxon, then they may be able to get you appointed to some corporate board or government agency. That’s one of the ways the rich keep getting richer.

7. Government

Government

Government is typically regarded as the main component of political systems, even if it is often controlled by more powerful entities. We’ve already discussed government, which can represent the people (e.g. socialism) or the rich (most capitalist countries).

8. Legal System

The Scales of Justice

The legal system includes public officials, notably judges, and people employed by the private sector, primarily lawyers or attorneys. (However, some lawyers work for the government as well.) One of the legal system’s primary functions is justice or accountability, which includes punishing people for their crimes.

The United States has the largest prison population in the world.

The legal system is generally friendlier to private citizens in more democratic nations. In more authoritarian nations, the legal system may be used as a tool to manipulate people. For example, millions of people have been fined or sentenced to prison in the U.S. for very minor crimes. Many innocent people have even been sent to prison or even executed. In contrast, corrupt corporate executives and politicians who steal billions of dollars and may order the torture and slaughter of thousands of people seldom spend a day in jail.

Corporations sometimes use prisoners as a source of cheap labor. That may be one reason the U.S. has more people in prison per capita than any other country except Seychelles.

9. Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement

When people warn about a country evolving into a police state, they’re usually referring to a country in which law enforcement works for the ruling class, rather than the general public. As a nation becomes more fascist, law enforcement agencies may spy on private citizens, and police may use harsh tactics against activists. Undercover cops commonly pose as protesters, both to spy and to stir up trouble. Reports of brutality have become more common in countries around the world in recent years.

Whether or not the U.S. should be officially classified as a police state is a matter of opinion, but it’s certainly moving in that direction. Police brutality is very commonplace. Law enforcement officials have long brutalized dissidents and minorities, particularly black people and Native Americans. But today they seem to target everyone, even kicking pregnant women and assaulting children. During Seattle’s epic 1999 WTO protest, police ignored undercover cops posing as anarchists who smashed windows in broad daylight, then unleashed a vicious attack on peaceful protesters and passersby alike. Millions of people around the world watched it on the news.

10. Military

Military

When the people who run a country want to kill people in another country, they usually rely on the military. The most common exception is a military invasion of YOUR country, which could involve fighting in your backyard.

Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and Alaska’s Aleutian Islands during World War II. However, the only full-blown invasion of the U.S. occurred during the War of 1812, which is arguably the most justifiable war the U.S. ever fought.

Many Americans think the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and or World War II were justified or even necessary, though each of these “holy wars” has some question marks. Few intelligent people would sanction any of the other numerous wars the U.S. has participated in during its bloody history.

Since World War II, the U.S. government has spent trillions of dollars on increasingly sophisticated weapons produced by corporations that have become very powerful. These corporations encourage war simply so they can sell more weapons. The term military-industrial complex describes the shadowy alliance between the government, military and defense industry. In his farewell address, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned of the dangers of this new “military-industrial complex,” apparently coining the term in the process. (Note: Google has a habit of periodically deleting videos its masters don’t approve of. If the first link above is dead, just type Eisenhower + military-industrial complex into any search engine, and you should be able to find another copy of this video.)

But weapons sales are the tip of the iceberg. World War II ruined much of Europe and Asia, but it was an economic boom for the U.S. The invasion of Iraq helped the U.S. obtain cheap oil and rake in still more money by rebuilding (or pretending to rebuild) the very infrastructure its military destroyed. Military technology and weapons, including drones, are increasingly used by law enforcement agencies inside the U.S.

Military troops have even killed protesters on U.S. soil. Examples include the 1894 Pullman Strike in Michigan, when President Grover Cleveland called in the Army. National Guardsmen killed strikers or protesters in Colorado’s Ludlow Massacre (1914) and Ohio’s infamous Kent State shootings (1970).

Today, there is growing concern over the militarization of police forces, some of whom use armored vehicles and drones. There is further concern over the use of military and paramilitary troops on U.S. soil.

Soldiers

11. BioControl

BioControl

The United States’ health care system is widely perceived as a racket that exploits people. But many people believe it goes beyond stealing people’s money; they think Health Care, Inc. is actually helping to create strategies for killing people by the millions.

Consider vaccines. Historically, they have saved countless lives. But when Bill Gates enters the picture, it’s time to be afraid. Many people think Gates is secretly supporting programs designed to depopulate the world using vaccines. It could be a crazy conspiracy theory, but it would actually be amazingly easy to kill or otherwise harm vast numbers of people with vaccines.

Similarly, some conspiracy theorists believe AIDS was created in the laboratory as a eugenics agent. That sounds pretty crazy until you learn about the infamous Tuskegee syphilis experiment conducted by the U.S. Public Health Service. Or you could ponder the bizarre anthrax attacks that followed the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Or take a look at the leading suspect, Steven Hatfill, a right-wing bioweapons expert who spent a lot of time in Africa.

Things get still get more suspicious when one examines a flurry of Ebola outbreaks that some have linked to Israel and/or Bill Gates, not to mention the U.S. military.

And that’s just the beginning, because genetically modified food (promoted by Monsanto and Bill Gates) has already given corporation interests unprecedented control over the food we eat. At the same time, corporate interests are brainstorming ways to control drinking water around the world.

Now you can understand why Geobop coined a new word, biocontrol — the manipulation of human health, food, water and other biological resources as a strategy for controlling people.

IV. Mind Control

If you think the world is ruled by military might, guess again. The old adage the pen is mightier than the sword is absolutely true.

It’s no wonder governments invest so heavily in mind control, and no one can compete with the United States. Corporate-run public schools, corporate media, a surprisingly right-wing Hollywood and an Internet policed by a Zionist search engine called Google — these are among the powerful forces that warp Americans’ minds 24/7.

Mind Control

12. Education

Education

What better way to control public opinion than to control and mold the minds of children? Pseudo-patriotic rituals like reciting the Pledge of Allegiance are common strategies for instilling obedience to the state in young minds.

More democratic or libertarian nations often place more value on education. In contrast, many people believe the U.S. is deliberately “dumbing down” students. But why? One theory is that less intelligent citizens are less likely to question government and incite unrest.

Public education has become increasingly privatized — run by and for corporations. Judging by the education news in the media, one might conclude that Bill Gates has become CEO of America’s Public Schools, Inc.

13. Media

Media

If you study politics, you’re surely familiar with a term some people consider obscene — media whore. It’s a very appropriate term, because the media wield enormous power, and the people behind the media are not nice. The media help governments cheat, tyrannize, torture and murder people. They may even celebrate war.

Most media are commonly called the corporate media or MSM (mainstream media). Most of the so-called alternative media actually work hand-in-hand with the mainstream media.
Media

In recent years, the U.S. media have been following some disturbing trends. First, deregulation has largely eliminated competition. At the same time, the media have become more right-wing, with Fox News off the charts.

In addition, the media is largely controlled by Jews (or Jewarchists). Even the Internet is largely controlled by Jewish interests. For example, Google and Facebook are both owned by Zionist Jews, while Wikipedia has evolved into a Jewish propaganda site.

14. Entertainment

Entertainment

One cannot talk about mind control without mentioning entertainment. Music and fame have both been described as powerful drugs, and celebrities have far bigger soapboxes than ordinary citizens.

In other words, the media will often ignore even candidates for public office who complain about corruption or discuss important social issues. But if a really famous person criticizes Israeli acts of terrorism against Muslims on Facebook or Twitter, millions of people will get the message. More important, many of them will take that message seriously.

Entertainment

TV is a special problem because millions of children are exposed to it at an early age. Hollywood is controlled by Jewarchists, who have produced some sleazy propaganda flicks, like World War Z. Actors who speak up in defense of Muslims will likely find themselves blacklisted.

Millions of Americans are addicted to sports, which can be as powerful a drug as religion. Pre-game rituals like the singing of the national anthem play an important role in maintaining public obedience. Taking a cue from government, professional sports teams often find ways to extort money from taxpayers. In Seattle, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has taken it one step further. First, he forced taxpayers to fund a new sports stadium (owned by Paul Allen). Then he bought the Seattle Sounders soccer team and outfitted them in uniforms advertising Microsoft’s Xbox.

Speaking of Xbox, the popularity of war games, such as Call of Duty, is very disturbing. If the bad guys were portrayed as corrupt politicians and media whores instead of foreign freedom fighters (aka “terrorists”), such games would likely be banned.

15. Religion

Religion

Religion can be an incredibly powerful tool in the hands of propagandists. George W. Bush wasn’t the first U.S. president to sneer at the traditional separation of church and state. Some countries don’t even pretend to separate government and religion. Iran’s government is classified as a theocratic government, Afghanistan’s an Islamic republic. Religious fanaticism is rampant in Israel.

Residents of the Bible Belt helped get George W. Bush elected. But corruption in religion isn’t limited to the South; for example, some amazing scandals have come to light even in liberal Seattle, where many churches are connected to the Mayor’s office and the local “education mafia.”

16. Symbols and Ritual

Symbols and Ritual

Symbols and ritual are powerful mind control agents. An example is the phony patriotism exhibited by citizens who mindlessly wave miniature American flags at sporting events. Other examples include the flag pledge (Pledge of Allegiance) and the traditional rising for the national anthem at sporting events. Both rituals are used to instill obedience in the “sheeple.”

U.S. citizens are also exhorted to show an exaggerated and unquestioning allegiance to the “American flag,” military veterans and alleged Holocaust survivors. Anyone who criticizes or even questions any of the above may be labeled anti-American or even racist.

17. Science & Technology

Science and Technology

Science is all about searching for truth. It can therefore be enlightening. But science can also be subverted to deceive people.

For example, millions of U.S. citizens believe in creationism rather than evolution. Similarly, a pseudo-scientist named Neil deGrasse Tyson joined Bill Gates in promoting genetically modified food, claiming it’s perfectly safe. Thus, real science is being replaced by “junk science,” even as governments increasingly withhold facts and scientific evidence from the public.

At the same time, governments look to ever advancing science and technology to modernize their militaries and related activities. But could things boomerang?

Ironically, advancing technology has made it easier for countries that can’t afford an air force to acquire drones. And who needs nuclear weapons when you have a fleet of tiny drones that can carry biochemical weapons, virtually invisible to radar?

18. The Internet

Internet

The Internet is a powerful entity that combines media, entertainment, science and social networking, all in an interactive format. Activists have found the Internet a wonderful tool for networking, but some very evil people use it for networking, too. In fact, the Internet is monitored and controlled by the most powerful and corrupt government agencies, including the CIA and Israel’s Mossad. Google has unveiled itself as a Zionist organization, and much of Wikipedia’s political content is little more than recycled propaganda. As many activists have discovered, Facebook is a joke.

Nevertheless, the Internet isn’t all bad. It can still be a very educational resource for those who know how to distinguish between truth and propaganda.

V. Backup Systems

Most people are pretty clueless when it comes to politics. Nevertheless, there are a few who are smart enough to see through politicians’ lies and Hollywood’s slick propaganda. So how can agents of corruption handle such people? Controlled opposition and an army of shadow people will take care of the vast majority. The relative handful who become famous or powerful may need special treatment.

Backup Controls

19. Controlled Opposition

Controlled Opposition

Controlled opposition is just a fancy name for “fake leader.” The shocking thing is the extraordinary number of fake leaders, phony activists and lying alternative newspapers. Bernie Sanders, Noam Chomsky, Sean Penn, Dennis Kucinich, Ralph Nader, Ariana Huffington, Alex Jones, Jesse Ventura, Geov Parrish, Alternet, The Guardian and such local newspapers as the Seattle Weekly and The Stranger are all frauds.

So are there any real leaders out there? There are, but they’re largely invisible, as the media seldom mention their names, and search engines like Google actively censor their websites. Leaders who are considered too powerful or dangerous are often imprisoned or assassinated. Examples include Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Paul Wellstone, Patrice Lumumba, Che Guevara and perhaps John F. Kennedy.

20. Shadow People

Shadow People

Shadow people is a term coined by Geobop for the legions of seemingly ordinary people who work for the dark side. For example, an audience of teachers and parents you see gathered at a school board meeting might actually include several attorneys, a few media whores, a couple undercover cops and some principals, teachers and parents who are working as spies and informers.

Amazingly, most people are scarcely aware of the shadow people’s existence, even though they’re all around us.

21. Assassins

Assassins

When the opposition becomes too powerful or troublesome, some very powerful people may resort to violence. They may decide to have an activist or a group of revolutionaries assassinated. Others may simply be brutally beaten by the police. Really famous, high profile adversaries are usually spared beatings. However, they may be thrown in prison, often after sham trials. Some may spend years in solitary confinement, a form of torture some consider worse than death.

Luckier victims are merely subjected to character assassination. They may lose their jobs and careers.

However, political violence isn’t always about punishment; it’s often nothing more than a cheap public relations stunt. For example, the government may murder large numbers of people and blame it on Muslim terrorists. Mass shootings are also exploited in promoting gun control, which would give the government still more control over citizens.

VII. The People

Though the ruling class has the most control over a political system, the people they exploit also have some power.

22. The Public

The Public

Ordinary citizens have varying degrees of power between countries and time periods. During the late 19th century and early 20th century, socialism was a very powerful force in the United States. But U.S. citizens found their civil liberties under a renewed assault towards the end of the 20th century, when socialism was nearly forgotten.

However, even governments that are able to tyrannize their citizens may be forced to show some restraint. Most governments want to be perceived as just. In addition, tyranny can fan the flames of revolution. Thus, many governments walk a tightrope, fearful of the very people they exploit.

23. Activists

Activists

So what does it take to stand up to global elitists, banksters, corporations, religious fanatics, Hollywood, Google, Wikipedia and paramilitary death squads?

The relative handful of people who fight back can be broadly described as activists. They are a very special breed, combining intelligence, courage, a sense of ethics and a belief in something bigger than themselves.

Most activists are virtually invisible, ignored by the media, government and Hollywood. Many die anonymously for causes that may be brutally crushed.

But a chosen few achieve immortality, eclipsing kings, presidents and religious leaders. Such heroes include Spartacus, Crazy Horse, Geronimo, Muammar Gaddafi, Che Guevara, Hugo Chavez, Patrice Lumumba, Salvador Allende, Paul Wellstone, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. Many people also place U.S. President John F. Kennedy, his brother Bobby Kennedy and perhaps even his son John F. Kennedy, Junior in that category.

Congratulations!