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The concept in itself is wrong.
It shouldn't have to be "us" and "them". Empowering ourselves is hard.
We are the ones who put up with mediocre.
We let ourselves to absorb the brainwashing.
It starts with one. But we believe too less in the power we have. We think we can't change much.
If one succeeds to be changing himself (and it is a never ending process and not a result) - it isn't much?
If yes, then one thinks that he/she is not enough.
This is the root of the issue. Nobody keep nothing to nobody.
Governments are people. So are the politicians or the wealthy or any other kind of "them".

This is just my own humble opinion.