It is clear that large corporations and the wealthy– particularly the super-wealthy– have been making off with all the fat of the land since Reagan. Now that they also own most of the media they can also control the conversation, turning our attention toward party politics and away from income disparity. It looks to me like the US has become a "plutarchy" with a great PR campaign trumpeting democratic ideals. Now that the Supreme Court has blessed corporations as legal "persons" we know what "power to the people" really means to this elite. (If you don't believe me, what visible hand decided that fat people can't run for president?)
History will not be fooled, however. Once the richest 1% have total control of the nation they can even drop the pretense without consequence, just like the feudal lords they resemble. But history will favor the people's will. The real question is, will people KNOW their own will? If we are content living miserable lives nurtured with a weak education system but frosted with sparkling entertainment, that's not likely. But if we continue to think and talk and dream together, we the people (real persons) will prevail...So I hope.