When democracy, for whatever reason (disinformed and/or disinterested public, for example) doesn't work as it should, elected politicians are not really in charge. They have no power, they are just hired public faces of behind-the-scenes plutocracy, lighting rods for public anger.
If you want to find out who's really in power, you have to follow the money. The questions you have to ask are: To whom flows most of the money? Who controls the flow of money? Who gets to use the freshly printed money first?
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