The US is, and has always been, a plutocratic oligarchy, working toward a democratic republic; but never achieving it.
Now, in the year 2016, the oligarchy is complete. Corruption is blatant. Public influence in government is minimal. The illusion of democracy is an elaborate fraud. The plutocrats are insolent. The people are angry.
The plutocrats must have compliance. They invest heavily in manipulation and control. Their defenses are formidable; but, like the Wizard of Oz, they are vulnerable.
All power resides in the individual, who expresses it by choosing. Individuals play the tunes. Individuals can stop dancing when they don't like the music.