They say that Capitalism equals Democracy but anyone who looks beyond the shallowness of the appearances realizes that the formal democratic concessions are nothing but a propaganda circus and that when it comes to real rights and real decision making power: the bourgeois oligarchs have it all and working class commoners like you and me have nearly nothing... or just nothing at all.
Behind the media show of the siamese parties' circus, after the pointless exercise of choosing between Obamney and Roma, the real Single Bourgeois Party: the more or less well organized, almost always secret or at least very discreet, circles of power of the upper bourgeoisie take the real decisions and set the rhythm of the actual political process.
In this sense, Naked Capitalism today cites a number of world-level powerful CEOs who are directing the policies of the Washington regime with their "opinions", which are in the end a bit much more forceful than just that.
Lloyd Blankfein, top boss of the infamous bankster megacorporation Goldman Sachs and self-proclaimed messiah who makes God's Work on Earth, has declared that in a bout of political honesty that:
You’re going to have to do something, undoubtedly, to lower people’s expectations of what they’re going to get, the entitlements, and what people think they’re going to get, because you’re not going to get it.
The whole interview can be watched at CBS (not longer than the adverts around it anyhow). Take due not because an evil God speaks by the mouth of this mafioso: you have no rights, only he and his associates do.
While he rejects pre-paid public services like healthcare or pensions for the people, he has no problem accepting the money people put in their collective social security piggy bank for himself in form of state subsidies for the banks.
But he has all the chutzpah of Hell itself and calls all that managing expectations. In other words: slaves should learn to manage their expectations because, if Master Blankfein is pleased, all they'll get is a dirty hole to sleep a few hours, some crappy rations and top quality sturdy chains.
If he's not pleased... then beatings, gassing, no dirty hole, no rations and a slow death under a bridge in winter.
He's followed like the Fourth Rider of Apocalypse by a host of hellish "leaders" of greed who get your money via the state and moan and moan about not being paid enough by the state for just being too-powerful-to-anger.
But don't worry. When the state collapses for lack of funds, they will get your life as compensation and call it "freedom". Then you will get sturdy chains and and will be forcibly retired at 35 in an ad hoc gas chamber.