This is the way it has been all of my life. I'm sure if you consider it, you might agree the same is true for you. All of our lives we have lived under the rule of oligarchy. If you perceive a change in recent history, could it be that the citizenry is more active? Perhaps third party news sources are reporting on what has traditionally been hidden?
Naturally with a more civic-minded citizenry the oppressors will tighten their grip. But from where do the oppressors derive their power? Is the power of the people not supreme?
Even if there is much to fear, I contend these are not frightening times, but exciting times. The forces of mankind appear ageless when a single chapter can last a lifetime. Good and Evil have battled long before my beginning and the certainty of a tomorrow is not, nor has it ever been there, but I will carry that torch in anticipation of a new day. What else can a mortal being do? cower in fear? submit?
A blind girl exists in a void. she is told "Standing tall you risk decapitation, alternatively you can remain on you knees". Absent of certainty she decides not to take the risk. Time passes, her neck tires, her knees bleed, her back aches, she exists in agony. Realizing there is no certainty she will not be decapitated while on her knees she stands up.