"Take man's most fantastic invention - God. Man invents God in the image of his longings, in the image of what he wants to be, then proceeds to imitate that image, vie with it, and strive to overcome it." - Eric Hoffer, author of The True Believer
"You don't get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, you start a religion." - L. Ron Hubbard (founder of the Church of Scientology founder of the Church of Scientology)
If we analyze these two concepts: Create a god, cause others to serve and be subjugated to this god, control the god you have created, then you will control those subjugated to your god.
Money is the god of this world. Money mimics omnipresence and omnipotence. With enough money your will can effectively be carried out in a number of places, at the same time, with great power, including murder, war, and genocide. Money counterfeits omniscience. With enough money you can rewrite history, change science, and control and sway the public in the direction you want them to go, predictably knowing what will be the outcome. Money has proselytizing powers. With enough money the greatest enemy can be converted to a loyal ally. Money encompasses, transcends, and overcomes barriers of race, gender, age, belief, and non-belief.
Money has far more power and substance than religion. Instead of the empty words of a god, money can heal, feed, clothe, protect, provide, and bring security to your future. It isn't strange that its ministers (cons, religions, politicians, governments, and corporations) worship it so fully. Their preaching is the propaganda seen in political ads and commercials, all trying to control your belief and gain your loyalty.
Money has creative power, corporations have now become people. Because they control the money, like priests, they write their own rules and deregulate themselves from laws that would constrain them, exempting themselves from any hardship and accountability. Like religion, money impels a kind of "faith", it creates a "lottery mentality", provoking people to have faith in the stock market, sweepstakes, lottery, casinos, scratch-offs, etc., most believing they are going to win someday. When the rich cause wealth to become stagnate it creates poverty and famine, it paralyzes the nation and the world. You can see why religion and superstition is pushed in our society, it creates gullibility and beclouds the mind to inevitably serve this higher power.
Trickle-down economics or Plantation economics:
The people, or slaves of the system, "force" the wealth into the hands of a small controlling group. Usually the people are debt-ridden or have no actual property. The top wealthy few decide what the people are given to survive on; forty acres and a mule, two acres and a chicken, or nothing at all. The people are forced to beg, hope, and have faith that the wealthy will give them something. Democracy is destroyed and the people have no real voice. In fear of losing their jobs, or the little they do have, they are easily kept under control.
Religious hierarchical systems:
The people, or slaves of the system, "force" control of their lives into the hands of a small controlling group. Usually the people are sin-conscious and have no actual self-esteem. The top holier few decide what the people are given to survive on, they make the moral decisions concerning life and death, and what is and isn't “sin”. The people are forced to beg, hope, and have faith that they will be given salvation. Freedom is destroyed and the people have no real voice. In fear of losing their salvation and going to hell, they are easily kept under control.
A democracy for and by the people:
The people, all deemed equal in the system, "force" those in power to be regulated and subject to the people. The people who helped build the country and the economy get a fair share of the wealth they helped to create. The people decide what is right and wrong for their society, using the wealth they produced for education, health, to feed, clothe, protect, provide, and bring security to their future. Freedom and self-esteem are inevitable, the people have a voice.
People murder daily, and parents allow their children to suffer and die unnecessarily, all because of their beliefs. Imagine the power if you could control what people believe. Cons, politicians, religions, governments, and corporations all desire to control your belief, because people will sacrifice everything to have its manifestation, even if it is imposed upon them and against their personal and common good.