Well, the only thing we truly have power over is our own development and improvement. External change rarely lasts. Only by each individual changing one by one can the world truly improve. It's not a comforting thought. But so long as people refuse to think for themselves and refuse to be responsible for themselves (responsible for their own critical thinking) they will be targets for those who use propaganda and media to sway and influence them, just as they did with the priestcrafts in the past. The mass of humanity will follow the pipers who just want to control and exploit them and so long as people are doing so out of their own abdication of self how can they truly be helped at all? These are all very hard questions.
So many people just happy to allow life to pass by as a delight to their senses (no connection here between N and S intended, N's do just as often as S) and ego needs and they are just as happy to let others do their thinking and judging for them. These people cannot be helped in their current state. They are truly the dead and the dead have to bury the dead.