Do you think the bankers operate as part of a web of powerful institutions that also includes governments, intelligence agencies, industrial corporations, organized religion, and the media? Can such institutions and their leaders operate independently to some extent? Or would your guess be that money rules over all, and the bankers are pretty much in control?
I believe the powerful institutions you list are only tools. Even the Bankers are just tools.
On a practical level, I view the whole mess as a game. After a person becomes a T
rillionaire, money loses its meaning. Super-yachts, London penthouses, and 13 year-old girls become tedious when you can have as many as you want with a snap of your fingers. Pleasure and affirmation are then gained by playing against other Trillionaires for control
All life forms on this planet are Predators who seek control
. They all must control/consume natural resources in order to continue living and reproduce.
Trees predate the labor of microbes in the soil busily converting minerals into nutrients. Squirrels snatch up nuts made by trees. I shoot squirrels and consume their delicious fat and protein. Goldman Sachs creates a system where I'm forced to pay them minutes of my life if I want a warm house in which to raise children.
On a metaphysical level, a person has to decide if predating self-aware species is immoral. Some say squirrels are so dumb there is nothing immoral about me predating them. Some say I am so dumb there is nothing immoral about Elites predating me.
I am struggling to figure out if that is true. I predict it will take me 30 more years to decide.