The truly powerless people are the ones who are at the bottom of society but had a good education. I had a damn good education at Wheaton College (IL) and it taught me how to think critically (not that great of a thing for my Christian faith but I digress). The reason I say we are at the bottom is because an uneducated person who is on the bottom can play mind games that make their plight at least bearable. I can try to play them but I deconstruct them and am back to square one.
For example, pretending you have a shot at winning the lottery, or that you’ll be in a good hereafter if you just believe and conform to the right things.