This is an excerpt from a remarkably prescient document called "Ghandi and Socialism" that, decades ago, foresaw the developing danger of globalization through the uncaring personal greed and the dismissal of environmental and social values by the adherents of Savage Capitalism©.
It was written in 1931 by Richard B. Gregg, an associate of Ghandi. One day in 1968 my dear friend and mentor, Katherine Short of Big Sur (1908-2001), gave me the small pamphlet, which had a profound effect on me, and contributed greatly to my understanding of present day society, and to the development of my ideas and hopes for an objective society based on compassion and understanding of reality, not the disgraceful egotism exemplified by the savage capitalists and other members of The Church of the Sacred Bottom Line. I hope it will have a similar effect on you.
"Most people think that the world is governed by institutions and organisations, such as political governments and banks, or by laws, or by certain groups of people or ruling classes. But really the control is deeper and more subtle than that. Governments, banks, laws, and ruling classes are only the exterior instruments of management. The real control comes from ideas and sentiments - a scheme of values, a set of ideals or activities which people are induced to desire and accept as right, fitting, or praiseworthy. The most important adjunct of this control - even more important than organisations - is a set of symbols which indicate and stand for the given system of values. Thus we see that the real control of society is psychological, through men's minds and feelings. Even where government is maintained partly by the physical force of soldiers and police, the control is psychological through the fear created by such force.
When systems of value and their symbolisms are taken over by a small selfish group as a means of controlling society for the benefit of the few, the values and symbols are used to create divisions and a set of nearly balanced oppositions among the other groups in the population. Thus, the mass of people are broken into opposed groups and blinded by the apparent conflict of interest so that they do not understand what is being done to them. The ruling group plays upon the ambitions, greeds, vanities, prides and fears of the other groups, and manipulates the symbols so that the few shall always keep supreme power for their own selfish ends, no matter what changes of outward form occur. Only a very few, even of the ruling class, are clever enough to understand fully the operation of such value systems and how they may be warped and used, but all the ruling class are shrewd enough to to take advantage of the opportunities thus created and try to maintain the system. When such an arrangement gets well established, most members of both the ruling and the ruled groups take part in it, accept it all as the natural state of affairs, and are not aware of the the real purpose and effect of all they are doing."