You refer to the divide between the elites and the masses in the US: this divide is growing monthly as the middle class becomes the working class and the working class falls into poverty. The bizarre thing is, however, the typical middle class american does not appear to be aware of what’s happening around him. The jokes about the people being mesmerized by watching “dancing with the stars” and endless sports games are true, and these attempts at “bread and circuses” appear to be working, at least in part. The average person may know about, e.g. what’s happening in Connecticut or about the massive surveillance, but they don’t seem to care. They behave as if they are in dreamstate, or drugged. Makes one wonder. Americans are but a shadow of their former selves and our founding fathers are all rolling in their graves, as are our grandfathers. Very sad to see a slow collapse from the inside. Question is, when does a flashpoint occur and we get people in the streets, e.g. Egypt. I.E. How much will the non elite american take?