The short version - The ones who are behind it all are WE.
Now for the longer version:
The ones who have all the power, the ones who are responsible for all the so called "conspiracies" and "agendas" carried out by our institutions, the ones who are responsible for everything we experience... it is you, and it is me. It is WE, the global society, the global collective consciousness. This "system" that everyone keeps referring to all over the Internet is US. We are the system. In the overall sense, this current self-destructive system was formed out of our desire to satisfy the demands of our ego. The entire global system that has enslaved society for many thousands of years now is a result of the collective false ego, so in essence the system is We The People of Earth.
All these institutions, that we continually voluntarily give our power to, and that we ourselves have formed out of necessity to keep the system going for the grand purpose of serving the demands of our ego, are nothing more than tools used by the system. All of our institutions are not the ultimate "Powers That Be". Groups such as:
The Council on Foreign Relations
The Trilateral Commission
The International Monetary Fund
The Club of Rome
The Royal Family
The Federal Reserve
The International "Banksters"
And many more.
They are nothing more than tools to maintain the system and to ensure the system keeps going. They are stewards of the system. Actually, these groups are no different than the majority of individuals throughout society. They are a grander version of us, who happens to hold the majority of the control - serving the system so that the system will continue to provide for them at the expense of all others and everything else. The majority of society acts no differently than these elite organizations. These groups are really just a personification of us, an outwardly manifestation of us. These institutions are in a sense just another individual who craves creature comforts, instant gratification, to feel important, and to exalt itself above all others, all to serve the demands of the ego. While they may have exclusive control of mainstream society, because we have given it to them, they do not exclusively hold the power. The power ultimately belongs to the majority. The ultimate outcome is determined by the collective consciousness, which also happens to include the individuals who run the institutions.
This is why protesting in the streets against our institutions have never solved any of our perceived problems, and they never will. Whatever issues that appear to have been resolved through protesting was nothing more than throwing the dog a bone, but it's still the same system, and later there will be another issue and another issue and another. This is why protesting still continues to this day. Egypt is another fine example. While they may have forced Mubarek out of the country and successfully implemented a regime change, it is still the same system, just in a different color. After the people feel they have accomplished their goals through screaming and shaking their fists at their government, then it's "Okay party is over, now back to work!"
Years from now, if the current system is still going, they will probably be protesting something else. And so the cycle continues. There is no institution that can resolve our issues because they are not calling the shots. We are the ones who ultimately determine how they will act and react. Like the majority of individuals throughout society, our institutions, which include our governments, are disconnected from each other and society and therefore do not serve in the best interest of society. Like the majority, their only interest is in serving themselves. "Everybody wants to rule the world" - Tears For Fears (80's pop band)
. Most of our institutions, especially those who know how the system works, want the people to protest because this validates for them that the people still perceive them to be in control, and all the institution has to do is spin a new solution while keeping the system intact in order to appease the masses for a time until the next revolt. Protesting is also just another form of distraction from that which our institutions and especially the system itself fear the most, and that is the people throughout society turning to each other and reconnecting with each other and their communities, and then coming to the realization that we are the ones who are in power.
This is also another reason why it does not matter who holds the office of President of the United States, or any other country for that matter. Even if there was a candidate who was elected into office with the best intentions imaginable for the benefit of society, there is nothing he can do because he is working within an organization that is an integral part of the system. Leaders of institutions that are within and part of the system are there for only one reason, and that is to make sure that nothing changes. It would have made no difference if McCain or any other candidate made president other than Obama. We would still have the same system with the same agendas.
Now, with all that said, I would like to mention that there is absolutely nothing wrong with anything I have just mentioned above. Anything and everything that we have formed into our experience we have done out of our own free will and completely by choice, whether conscious of it or not. All of the conflicts that have arisen out of our disharmony with each other, nature and Universe through serving our own selfish, self serving wants and needs serve as opportunities for learning experiences we need to grow. Everything always occurs exactly as it is intended. All is perfect just as it is. There is no reason to change anything based on what we perceive to be pleasant or unpleasant, right or wrong, for each individual has there own unique perceptions. To force a change based on our desires is once again feeding the demands of our ego and only reinforces our perception of duality and creates more perceived disharmony and conflicts into our experience. Again, everything is perfect just as it is. Change is always constant anyway based on the influences of every individual combined into the collective consciousness. If society wants to flow in peaceful harmony with each other, nature, and all life on this planet then the only change that one should focus on is the change within themselves, for no one can change anything that is perceived to be outside of themselves. Ultimately, changing ourselves within is the only place where change can occur. Everything else that occurs and manifests around us is a result of that change.
Once the global society realizes that we have the power, and once we reconnect with each other and begin to help and support one another, and that our purpose in life is to serve others before self, then this current self destructive system that has ruled society on this planet for many years will just fade away.
Community (Comm-Unity) is key!