Millions of men, women, and children are financially exploited in order to support one per cent of the population in opulence and the rest in sufficient discomfort to keep them working at jobs that they dislike in order to buy things that they do not need in order to create jobs to make money to be able to buy, etc. This is not a just society. It may not last much longer. But for the present, the children of the rich are as carefully conditioned to the world as it is as are those of the poor.
What response is there but "pretty much." Not to mention even the wealthy people aren't happy. What is progress, anyway? Human culture gets richer or at least more complicated over time ... our knowledge base or at least the amount of information increases ... but suffering is a constant. Who's to say which is worse, getting eaten by tigers or suicidal depression? I used to think we were moving toward some Kurzweilian tipping point wherein centuries of gradual progress would suddenly culminate in an unforeseen scientific enlightenment. Lately I'm less optimistic. Scientific progress continues but is less and less applicable to actual life, to improving our daily lives (especially the lives of the poor). The mind-blowing shit we expected to see on the street is restricted to the military. Most art, culture as a whole, is advanced product placement. I guess it's an exciting time to be alive. We're either going to live forever or witness the collapse of civilization. Where's your money?