It is a war of the spirit; who is winning?
Lurking behind all of this is the Abolition of Man by way of AI, robotics, and transhumanism.
These same elite you speak of plan to "merge with the machine" to live much longer than a typical human life span.
Once they have reliable robotic laborers, they will dispense with the undesirables. For now they still need our labor to keep the economy going to get their infrastructure built.
The elite are people too, and what do we offer in contrast?
Servitude to mankind, and mankind's God?
Not trying to black pill you though.