“It is interesting that the excellent statement was made in 1910 [by Francis Delaisi, La Démocratie et les Financiers, 1910]: ‘… that big capital has succeeded in creating out of democracy the most wonderful, the most effective, the most flexible instrument for the exploitation of the population as a whole.
We usually imagine that the men of finance are opposed to democracy – the author in question says in his book – but this is fundamentally mistaken. On the contrary, they lead it and consciously promote it. For it is this – meaning democracy – that provides the screen behind which they conceal their method of exploitation, and they find in it the best means of self-defence against any popular resentment that may arise.’ This shows how someone who has woken up sees that the main thing is not to make loud speeches proclaiming democracy; the main thing is to see clearly the reality of the situation … namely, from how few centres of command events in the world today are steered and directed … [The average person] cannot attend [to these things], because they are smothered and buried under the – well, the same public life that is ruled over by the press.”
— Rudolf Steiner (Oct. 28th 1917):