People at upper socio-economic levels intertwined for their mutual benefit.
The monolithic corporate structure used to benefit the few in many ways.
As mentioned above, the collusion of BIG business and BIG government to assist those atop the socio-economic hierarchy to skim the wealth created by the masses of common folks.
All of this is simply how the vast majority of human hierarchies function…. some are just more kinder than others.
Western civilization TENDS to be nicer to the common folks though exceptions exist.
If the USA elites and their army of lackeys ever feel truly threatened I would not be surprised if they would use their massive forces to:
1. Prosecute and imprison and isolate the perceived trouble makers
2. Fine the common folks they fear so that all their minimal wealth is taken
3. Perform military-type actions that the elite-owned media will ensure is relentlessly thrown at the masses. The Waco massacre did not have to happen, Koresh could have been easily apprehended during his frequent visits to the nearby town. Even my ultra-conservative Uncle, a WW 2 and Korea Marine and 2-term county sheriff, considered the feds and the lackeys obeying their orders as a bunch of amateur punks and that the massacre should never have happened. But, the message was sent to the masses; obey or else.
4. In a worst-case scenario I would not be surprised if the elites turned class war into a shooting war and under the guise of preserving freedom, public safety, the flag and other emotion-laden words and terms and willing murder millions of We, the People to preserve the elite’s status quo. I can not prove that belief but I base it upon my decades of study with history and human psychology, sociology and other academic disciplines involved.