I think a key piece of information is missing here, that is true for everything.
They people at the top, or the ones who have a lot, also have a lot to loose, so they will do anything they can to keep it or their position in society. If you do not have anything, you have nothing to loose.
As "Michael Moore" said in his documentary (I am not a fan of his btw), what they fear the most is "the people", the only real and true power. Once they are against you, it is game over, more or less. You can not win.
And not to forget, the devil is in the details !
Cienoway, hope everything works out for you. The force is with you.