Plutocracy (or a form of oligarchy in which the few in power are the wealthy and are as well terrible at managing things for the common good) has been on my mind lately. It actually frees one from the micro politics one might affect because there is so much money in the macro system that it is hard to imagine that anyone in a position of power is influenced by anything else. This no doubt includes both political parties. It no doubt includes people who actually don't take money but must live with and make deals with those who do. It probably involves people taking money for one thing and influencing people who take money for some other thing. Money has a multiplier effect in politics as much as it does in the economy.
It means good people will likely do some bad things.
Despite the apparent hopelessness of the situation, there is all the reason for me to do good things, things that improve the world. I would say it is like being in a personal depression... something that rarely bothers me now because of the easy prescription one must take. One will never extricate oneself by just being depressed about the depression one is in. Just step forward in a positive way. You have your beginning, your path, your purpose.
I only learned the wisdom of this over a long life. "A journey begins with one step" may seem hopelessly contrite but it is true. Further wisdom gained is that the journey never has to have an ending; there are fun things to see along the way; and being content should be as much a part of your consciousness as your attempt to travel.
One of the best journeys I can remember was a walk down a hospital corridor. I had my wife by my side and I ended up back in my hospital room. That was it.
The fight between the many and the rich has gone on through pretty much all of the time we have had governments in history. We just need to walk down the corridor. Eventually, we will be stronger.