Like it or not, the corporations have more or less rigged the game.
There is no chance in hell we get what we want, because the politicians have all quite literally been bought and paid for, and are little more than corporate shills.
This is precisely why all of those people who bray about deregulation and the free market are either deluded, or in on the scam -- because these systems will always become horribly corrupt, and be sold to the highest bidder. And it's a lie to believe that system is self correcting -- because the system is rigged.
American politics (and, indeed, much of the world) is a cesspool of cronyism, and rich assholes cutting through the laws which prevent other rich assholes from raping the system.
Corporate lawyers and lobbyists have far more clout than "the people".
Welcome to the dystopian future where the corporations and the surveillance state work hand in hand, but the state is on the corporate payroll -- at least, the ones who hold any real power.
This is the reason why the bankers who ripped us all off in the housing meltdown never saw any charges -- because they all advise the fucking presidents on economic policy.
It really is time to eat the rich, because they're not in the least concerned about us in this equation.