Over my lifetime, I've made observations and I came to the conclusion that there is a large, deep psychological operation afoot, using even the merely-wealthy as part of the scheme.
Much like war, which most of us abhor and wish to avoid, we keep being thrust into these petty quarrels with each other, and to what end? In most cases, they're just pissing contests, territory markings, and he said/she saids.
I spent almost a decade and a half in the US intelligence and special operations community, watching an American President go on TV almost every day and convincingly read his lines, as he had done in his previous career, while sitting with factual intelligence summaries in my hands disproving each and every point he would make. I totally understand Bradley Manning's motivation, even Edward Snowden's.
The most difficult part of it all to understand is that the major players all know the truth, that is to say, the truth that was and is only being kept from the citizenry of the affected parties. If the US knows Russia's secrets and Russia knows the US's secrets and we both know that the other knows those secrets, then from whom are we keeping the secrets?
Well, they're being kept from us, from We The People. Because if we knew the truth, if we knew that the real reason that we have war and rumors of war is to beat the drums loudly, to tattoo a martial tune and get taxpayers to pony up for it, then we'd quit believing, and when that happens, the truly wealthy - not the merely wealthy - cease having all the power and it begins to accrue to us, the people, and that won't do.
Central banks are privately owned. That is, we don't own our own currency, it's loaned to us by private, uber-wealthy families invested heavily in arms, food, transportation, and energy. Chief among those, in terms of profit, is arms, and the world's wealthiest families are invested so many different ways in so many different tiers and layers as to make an onion cry in shame. One family alone has wealth and power equal, in all likelihood, to what the rest of the world owns. It's intermarried in so many ways that it ends up marrying far-flung members to each other, consolidating and cementing power, and the wealth that comes with it.
But when you say things like that, people have been conditioned like Pavlov's dogs to salivate and scream "conspiracy theory", doing the work of the wealthy, for the wealthy, without them having to lift a finger, or spend a dime. They're assured of their power by virtue of never having to wield it themselves, by having the people they've inculcated rise quietly and do their will. When no communication is needed, the ability to ferret the rats out is diminished.
And that's what it is, a giant rats' warren, underlying the world's economies and sucking the life out of them. Why do we have constant inflation? Because nations no longer own their own money; money has to be borrowed from central banks - like the Federal Reserve in the US - at interest, causing inflation the second it's borrowed, before it's even printed. Imagine a single family that garners even 1% of the total world's wealth. Imagine that every child born into that family becomes one of the world's wealthiest individuals immediately at partum, but who will never make a list by Forbes, or any other.
The world's economy has a tumor, a cancer, a quiet disease that drains the life out of the weak, impoverishes people who otherwise should lead comfortable lives in a global middle class. It causes war, famine, recession, even depression. When you crash the global economy, you break the merely-wealthy, diminish the middle class, and add to the billions who can cheaply furnish your factories with labor. When everyone loses so much, the ultrawealthy still have enough to afford luxuries, making them cheaper for them because of the glut lost by the merely wealthy.
If I have $1000 and you have $100 and I crash the economy, you still have to buy the food that I - ultimately - profit on, grown with the fertilizer I produce, reaped with the fuel that I sell, and protected with the arms that I make. If we both lose 75% of our wealth, you're down to $25, and it will take all of that for your basic needs, from me, but I'll still have enough for niceties. Then, because I raise prices and keep your wages suppressed - remember, ultimately, you work for me, so I control wages - I keep your nose to the grindstone while the kids and I go to Ibiza on the 40-meter yacht.
What do we do? Expose the connections, don't buy the propaganda from either side (because it all really comes from just one side), and barter. Think you can't barter? You can, and for more than you think. I even barter with my dentist.