Thank you, Jake Johnson, for making the case I so often make in these threads: that it's not "the sheeple" suffering from purported ignorance that are the problem; it's the policies rendered by the Powerful.
As to this:
"Until elites come to recognize the fact that the system they have cultivated — the system that has allowed them to thrive at the expense of everyone else — has helped to foster the kind of resentment they are now desperately attempting to suppress, they will continue to be the target of those whose material circumstances have become unbearable, in large part due to the global economic order."
When the prior cycle enabling the robber-barons to own too much and pay too little in wages finally erupted into the Great Depression (with Wall St. then, as now, permitted to gamble with other peoples' life savings), FDR realized that he had to give back to working families or the entire system would implode.
Essentially, the pattern is repeating and if the Dem Party oligarch wannabes get their act together, maybe they'll recognize that Sanders is The One to preside over the great "Redistribution" that is inevitable, one way or another.
If, instead, a water carrier of the 1% takes the Oval Office, the elites will use their Controls to tighten the grip on citizens and what's happening in Greece, Flint, Michigan, and Puerto Rico will become more commonplace. I could see this type of contraction taking place in 2018. But that tightening of the screws will create an equal and opposite force... that will begin to BURST the chains the elites have placed over humanity. Some of those chains are ideological and work through religions that teach the glory of long-suffering; others use the channels of culture to create trends resonant with the goals of elites; others use direct force (all those uniformed gendarmes); and then there is the financial component. Since most of us are not independently wealthy and rely on the 1% (or the government) for job salaries, there's a strong disincentive not to rock the boat if one wishes to retain a roof over their heads and food on the table.
Tough times, indeed. However, the narrative that places the onus on everyday citizens (the victims of crimes of State) rather than the Authors of the Doctrines of Destruction (Shock Doctrine, or otherwise)... are apparently part of the Machine in place to reverse the narrative.
That's a common practice:
Blame the Black kid so the rabid police officer isn't held to account.
Accuse the Afghani pedestrian of being a terrorist so that the drone pilot (or his commander) isn't held to account.
Accuse the rape victim of wearing the wrong outfit and being out at night so that the rapist can be exonerated.
That is how the culture of Domination (Mars Rules) operates. It is the ANTITHESIS of justice but very good at projecting its own guilt onto its key targets.
Once one understands the dynamic, it's blatantly clear that it is in full operation. And in this era of Full Spectrum Dominance where Message is a component of the WAR on minds, nature, and people... you can bet your bottom dollar that people are paid to posit this same meme in threads like these.
It helps when writers like Jake Johnson substantiate this claim as per the reversal of causality.