It is unlikely, I think, that a country that has a few people with all of the money and power, and a country in which those people hold tightly to those reins of power with their control of the economic system, notably by their ability to accumulate wealth without any offsetting tax obligation, is going to continue to exist in the long run.
Here is what Arthur Schlesinger Jr. had to say about this subject in 1941:
"... since this is a capitalistic society, the class most interested in its security and prosperity is the capitalist class, which thus should have the most power.
The theory has survived every test but experience.
It simply has not worked. Since the Federalist party the American business community appears to have lost its political capacity; it has not been, in the strict sense, a ruling class.
In placid days power naturally gravitates to it as the strongest group in the state; but through American history it has been unable to use that power very long for national purposes.
Moved typically by personal and class, rarely by public, considerations, the business community has invariably brought national affairs to a state of crisis and exasperated the rest of society into dissatisfaction bordering on revolt".
But these are not placid days.
Mega criminals are home free in America; decent little people (almost all black) are in jail because Reagan endorsed a new way to re-institute Klan control without the Klan; he swore the police of our country into a search and frisk invasion of America's black locales (sad that there still were then and still are now such places 115 years or so after emancipation) that, not surprisingly found some violators of drug laws.
A similar invasion of dominantly white places like the one where Trevon Martin was murdered would have found a similar number of similar violations if such invasions had ever taken place, if the statistics and data are to be believed.
But those invasions of white places have never happened.
There's too much political peril involved in invading god fearing white people's homes and communities.
And really, the point of the invasions had nothing to do with drugs; drugs were just a convenient premise with which to whip all the white people into some sort of racist froth.
Those invasions had nothing to do with drugs; they were just step one of the New Jim Crow which was and is a new way to deny our non white citizens their citizenship.
And it is working to the nines.
The counterpoint is that rich white guys are exempt from the law and poor black male youth are targets for a bounty incented police, targets that, once intercepted by the bounty hunters, have no future, no home, no job, no right to vote, no right to public housing, no right to food assistance, no family.
And they owe debts to the state that they can't pay.
Because they were in prison and don't have any money.
Because if they had any money at point of arrest the war on drugs authorizes the police to take it and pass it out as bounty and spoils to the officers.
So that is the new state of most of our young black male citizens.
And there are millions of them.
And they have all been systematically erased from citizenship.
"Moved typically by personal and class, rarely by public, considerations, the business community has invariably brought national affairs to a state of crisis and exasperated the rest of society into dissatisfaction bordering on revolt".