Re: The problem...
Or would you rather be living in the Gilded Age (Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, anyone? Sweat shops?) where robber barons did what they wanted and made or bribed governments to turn a blind eye?
I think we are already there. The lobbyists run state and federal governments.
Which would you prefer: anarchy or the police state?
Currently, it would appear that we are headed towards a police state because the anarchists are to be feared and government has pounded that into everyone's head.
Sadly, we the people, don't have much choice in who we elect nor do the candidates seem to have much freedom to do what we want. Between government pressure to "think of the children", "terrorism", etc. and lobbyist bribery, we're screwed. Perhaps a revolution might occur but it would end in anarchy due to the fragmentation by various political groups. The old saying "divide and conquer" is working very well here in the US. And to the naysayers, I say "look again". Black vs. white. Haves vs. havenots. Even the political parties are fragmented in many ways other than "left vs. right".
The problem needs to be addressed at the grass root level wherein the people realize how badly they are being manipulated, used, and abused even within their own factions. The problem is how to get them to think beyond their own noses and look at what really needs to be done for the greater good.
Lastly, yes.. the Facebook generation... <sigh> along with "hipsters" or whatever that only think about the next shiny to buy.