What “the People” Want

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As I ponder yesterday’s comments by Joy and LogicFish, who have obviously read extensively and thought intensely about the way our world works, I wonder how “the people” figure in this vast puzzle. What do they want?
I doubt any group, however cunning, can rise to power without the tacit consent of “the masses.” And I think it would be even more difficult to retain power without that approval.
In my view, for example, the Trump administration is a grave threat to civilization. Yet despite the relentless efforts of civilization’s institutional establishment, – the civil service, the justice system, the media, the intelligentsia  and so on -Trump remains in power.
Obviously, “we the people” must be OK with that.