I think there is a supposed "elite" who are very wealthy and very powerful and they see that they are controlling the game. Some of them make money from the expenditures of warfare. So they know what they are doing.
I don't like what they are doing. Bill Moyers in his program from last Sunday told about the power-brokers who are controlling things from Super-Pacs etc. Those guys are among the power-brokers who make the laws about abuse, etc. We who don't belong to that class had better wise up about it.