I like to read crackpot theories in books or on the internet and I find that there is way, way too much confidence being placed in the rich, detached, corrupt leaders of our civilization.
Whether they are an IMF chief bellowing, "Do you know who I am?" to a frightened, lying housekeeper, after leaving his "DNA" behind (on her uniform) or a bumbling President who can't remember his own daughter's age - or number of states in the Union, - these guys are humans like the rest of us. (unless you really think Queen Elizabeth is an alien reptile - who agonizes over her dumbass, inbred son, Charlie).
Here are three reasons why the rich, elevated, international elite are clueless and running scared - or are too dumb or drunk to think otherwise:
1) The Base of The Pyramid - OK, you're a rich guy who pulls the strings on human society. Here's a problem - your position on the great pyramid of power depends wholly on the contentment of the masses. Your wealth is in what, Euros? Dollars? Yen? Oh, pieces of paper that are supported only by compliant masses of little people who pay (or can't pay) taxes? Does that look secure these days? Do you think that these big shots are terrified by the examples of Argentina and now, Iceland - who told the Big Banks, other nations and IMF to 'drop dead, 'cause we ain't payin',and have suffered LITTLE for their refusal?
2) The Freakin' Internet - so you control broadcast TV and newspapers? So what? Revolutions in the Middle East may have been triggered by Facebook! Our economy is ALREADY so intertwined with the internet, that you can't simply turn it off (see #1, above). And remember, the Internet was designed to be robust as a decentralized resource because it evolved from a Defense Dept. project called "ARPANET" to sustain a nuclear war or general breakdown. Good Luck controlling it!
3) E=MC2 - Yep, it's that equation that Einstein made famous. It suggests that matter is a sort of condensed, solidified form of energy. So far, that energy can't be unlocked without a dangerous reactor or a mushroom cloud - but that could change at any moment, with new discoveries. If this area opened up - the results would be dramatic as Oil companies, Banks and whole nations collapse because individuals wouldn't need jobs, big governments or "leadership" to the extent they do today.
There are other things that could be said but these are the biggies - people, information and energy. I get TIRED from endlessly hearing the common babble about politics and politicians when it is technology that will determine our future to the greatest degree.