Since most of my input in this thread was lost on most, and in light of the incorrect definition of "TPTB" I feel is commonly tossed around, I will
explain my thoughts.
The OP and others refer to "TPTB" like some large group such as the commonly referred to "NWO" as if it were a shadow group, unison in its
membership, that all pull strings from behind closed doors all working to some grand objective.
However, as I pointed out earlier, your mom is just as likely to be a Power That Bes. As a kid, I'm sure there was a number of times she leveraged
you to do something you didn't want to, whether or not you knew it was happening at the time.
I think the best example of this is seen in the documentary by the Yes Men.
Where a group of trouble making protestors
go into conferences and on news casts, pretending to be representatives for large corporations.
In one case, I believe they were impersonating DOW executives, and speaking with a blurred out exec from another company, they started joking around
about collateral damage with some of their business practices.
Essentially, the conversation was to the tune of...
"Yeah, well you gotta kill a few people to make money."
"Money is the objective, not keeping people alive."
Speaking about business practices in other countries that either killed or injured a number of indigenous people. In one case I believe the number was
The unnamed exec with a blurred face wasn't in on the joke. He was speaking from his standpoint as a representative of a corporation out to provide
dividends to its shareholders, and not care about who ended up dead or sick in some village thousands of miles away from corporate HQ.
In this case (example) the powers that be, is the gentleman having a chuckle about the dead/sick village folk. To the people in those far away
villages, towns and cities, the people calling shots overseas in their nice offices, are the powers that be.
With a pen stroke, they might make a decision that levels a community. In some cases, it might be an accident, and in the aftermath, when lawyers are
hired to shed responsibility, that person who signed their contract is one of those powers.
And there are millions of people who assume the role, or fit into the category of "the powers that be."
That's what I was trying to get across in this thread. That it isn't as simple as Alex Jones or some other nut likes to make it out, and surely you
are not going to find the cookie cutter good guy/bad guy from Hollywood in real life. Things are just much more complicated.