The people give the power to the church by going to it and believing in it, and that's the level just below the 1%. Below that is the military which is formed from the proletariat class, so the force that protects and ensures the whole system is kept safe by the sons and daughters of the people.
The rentier class doesn't do anything but profit off of the backs of the people as this depiction shows. It seems they could easily be overtaken by the people. I guess that happens by striking, which I never really understood until watching Plutocracy. Striking and boycotting are really the only meaningful actions the proletariat can take. Protesting has no effect any longer. It used to raise awareness back before Facebook cast it's narcissistic net over the masses. TPTB could give two farts whether we protest or not as is obvious by OWS and Standing Rock.
Organizing a massive strike is a Herculean task to be sure. The only security the people have are their wages, so it has to be bad enough for the fear of no wages to be less than the quality of life that the wages provide. Over the years the 1% have perfected the means by which they control the masses. Control of the food via industrial agriculture with terminator seeds and GMO's is probably the most important step by which they control. They made food easy. They made it where the people did not have to concern themselves with getting enough food, or where the food comes from. It's not good healthy food, but it's cheap and it taste good.
Next is private property which is what makes money so necessary. You have to have a place to live...a place to lay your head and stay warm and sheltered. If all of the land is private property where you have to have permission to be there, than there is nowhere for you to live your life without money. That's ultimately where they get control of the whole thing, money! This allows the Rentier class to profit off of the peoples backs.
With control of the food and the money what are the people to do? Now the people have no idea about food. To the majority it's something that comes wrapped in petroleum at the big box store, or it's something that they drive their cars through a fast food fry pit line to acquire. Where do the big box stores get the food? It comes from the trucks of course. Where do the trucks get the food? From the food factory of course. Where does the food factory get the food? What do you mean? They get the food from the food gettin' place...and that's if the fools even think that far about it, which they mostly don't. The food just comes from the grocery store and that is all the thinking that is done about it.
What is it that keeps us enslaved to the system they have put into place? Is it really the ignorance and gullibility of the masses? If you can get past the ignorance and gullibility somehow, by educating, then I suppose the next edifice is fear itself. Or maybe a lack of imagination combined with a sense of powerlessness. The more stupid the people become the easier it is for them to control us, and nothing is more representative of this process than Trumpty Dumpty as POTUS. This is straight out of the film Idiocracy.
The truth is that the people have been dumbed down to the point where they think Trump has their back. At least a sizeable portion of the people. The people are satiated by food chemicals, corn syrup, alcohol, nicotine, netflix, iphones, and finally fukitol.
In the end, and there is an end to this, the 1% have built a house of cards. We have a global 1% now, and they can all keep the people in check via the system they have built. The huge global Corporate system that is the true plutocracy has a weakness. Fossil fuels are that weakness! The Corporatocracy is dependent on fossil fuels to keep the house of cards propped up. At some point, on the back side of Hubbert's curve, there will be enough austerity for the masses that a critical mass will be reached. There will be a tipping point, and I think that's when we will know that the game is over.
It will be OWS times 10, only it will not be peaceful. When there is enough austerity in America there will be nothing that can stop the anger of the proletariat. Unfortunately they do not understand that fossil fuels are the ultimate reason why their lives have changed. What will the 1% do when the system begins breaking under the weight of low EROEI energy? By all measures we are at that point now, but as I have mentioned they are keeping it's dead lifeless body propped up with endless digibit subsidies. That trick has a shelf life.
I'm certain the 1% has a plan for the breaking point. I don't buy that they have no idea about the weakness that's built into their system. I can buy that the politicians mostly might not know due to ignorance, but the upper echelons are informed. Why they aren't trying to curtail the whole thing with renewables is a mystery to me, but I'm sure there is a reason for it. It's likely because they know that there is no way that renewables can be anything more than a band-aid. That's why I'm starting to believe that their plan is for a massive reduction in population. Reduce the world population by 5 billion and there's enough fossil fuels to keep this whole shootin' match going until Nibiriu comes or the Sun burns out.