Let's talk about education.
In most western countries school is compulsory, and state enforced. Truancy can result in fines and even jail time for parents. This isn't just a result of state coercion, on a cultural level education holds a sacred status much like religion.
The divide that separates the ruling class from the people who actually keep society functioning keeps getting wider and wider. Nothing illustrates this fact quite like the "debate" over the NSA's mass surveillance and Edward Snowden's role in exposing it.
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