Quite the opposite mate.
History has only proved how little power the common really have. The real bane of the last 50 years was that in modern Neo-Conservativism they have managed to convince us that we have power, autonomy and most of all independence. What freedoms we do have are gifted to us.
The American revolution was a war of the rich versus the aristocrats. Most all wars in fact occur because of wealthy or aristocratic dueling factions. Two things are different today than were true back then, for one thing the rich and aristocratic are one in the same as the aristocrats and rich have all become the wealthy merchant class. The second thing is that the wealthy merchants don't feud and duel nearly as much as they used to which has the positive effect of 50 years of world peace not seen in any other time in humanity. The negative effect is that they have all banded together to consolidate their power against their only true enemy, the informed common man in an age of plentiful and cheap information, the only threat to their continued power.
The bottom line is that throughout all of human history there has always been the master and the slave. It is the way of things.