Fear has been used for centuries to convince populations that there is an outside enemy. In this way, by force or actual consensus, citizens concede to paternalistic government powers.
Way beyond the $ and elections, the equation is about Power. And it's not a conspiracy theory to say that certain neo-con and 1% Deep State interests are intent upon a New World Order.
That Order succeeds through the centralization of power.
The TPP and TIPP are covert ways of furthering this agenda since they nullify the laws of nations and the right of citizens to seek redress. I am talking about the ISDS which is a fancy term for allowing corporate malevolent players to police themselves claiming that any threat to profit violates the treaty, itself.
Also, when after the manufactured financial collapse of 2008 what was engendered under the guise of regulating the big banks instead allowed them to become stronger and more consolidated; and when a handful of corporations own what media features; and another handful controls agriculture, and so on... then these gigantic corporations effectively control most of human commerce along with supplying what people need.
The name of the game is CONTROL... by a few... of the many. THAT is not Democracy or freedom.
The idea of winning elections and/or making money is the fluff. The real agenda is a lot deeper.