“If you don’t know history, it’s as if you were born yesterday. If you were born yesterday, then any leader can tell you anything.”
George Santayana was right; "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
Most folks don't know history; therefore, it truly is as if they were born yesterday. How can one reason with those who are not capable of analytical and critical reasoning? How can they put complex matters into perspective for analysis and problem-solving? The media and the “reformed” K-12 educational system have done a great job of sufficiently dumbing downward the American mentality. Most citizens naively and blindly accept, as truisms, whatever the government, journalist and propagandists tells them—for better or for worse.
It is ever so easy for the ruling class to take advantage of perceived and actual problems—by introducing solutions that do not truly benefit the public-at-large. Instead, the proffered solutions substantially advance any number of agendas of the power elite themselves. It is a classic example of the Hegelian Dialectic: problem->reaction->solution (thesis->anti-thesis->synthesis). It is a great way to persuade the citizenry to accept something that actually is not in their best interest.
Most folks are conditioned not to see the "root” of certain political, social, and economic and woes problems. In that way, the true powers-that-be are able to act—surreptitiously— as puppet-masters. Most of the time the common folks act like a dog, chasing its tail; they usually end up fighting each other. (Divide-and-conquer strategy works has always worked, throughout history.) That is why the same problems can last for so long, seemingly with no solution in sight.
In the final analysis, it’s primarily about power, influence and hegemony. First of all, The citizenry is outclassed, out-financed, out-organized, out-strategized, outwitted, out-mediaed, outgunned, etc. compared to the firmly entrenched procedures and processes of the global power-elite. (The Rothschild Cabal has been engaging in such machinations since the Napoleonic Era.) For all practical purposes, both the disenchanted intelligentsia and the unwitting sheeple are but "fish-in-a-fish-bowl," who are on the inside while peering outward. After all, it is global elite's world—and you're just in it! For example, in the United States, the "common folks" have been, slowly but surely, conditioned to accept living in a state of constant despair and also to lower their expectations as to just what constitutes the American Dream.
Also, there is much too much built-in inertia within the system, which history shows is firmly controlled by the global ruling class. And, instead of permitting any major and long-lasting changes to the status quo, the oligarchs and their henchmen would just as soon see substantial, world-wide destabilization, destruction and carnage on such a scale as to leave substantial portions of "civilization" in a state comparable to that of the Stone Age.
As the Borg mantra (from Star Trek fame) goes, “Resistance is futile."
“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. “
Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (1988), by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky
1984, by George Orwell