Don't over-estimate your own importance, Doug. There are rules that they impose on themselves, and essentially they must have compliant human beings with the skills necessary to do their bidding - the combination of "compliant" with "the skills necessary" is fairly rare, so those people are deployed where it really counts.
As far as groups are concerned, there are hundreds of English language forums like this one and they are all surviving. They do not thrive - any of them, because they are sabotaged from within by manipulable and often unaware human beings. If you sabotage something using aggressive humans your actions are not too visible, but if you destroy it completely, your actions become very visible and have the potential to unite people into something more meaningful than a bicker-fest.
As far as individuals are concerned, the people who matter are the first hand witnesses to their actions who can whistleblow in a convincing way, and the motivators/organisers who can get the masses off their lazy backsides into serious group action. The only way any of us can become worthy of the effort as individuals is for us to get off the forums, and off facebook and out into the real world where we do something real. I'm too old for that, so I am forced to stick to educating people.
Meanwhile, the forums, YouTube and Facebook (where Max spends as much time as he does here, incidentally) are a useful interim step where we can get educated. It doesn't matter much where we do that, as long as we do get educated. Max's facebook Id if interested. http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=612575336
I'm not particularly advocating facebook which does have some serious problems associated with it, but I have found I can meet more intelligent people there, and get conversations going deeper, than I have been able to on any of the forums. That is simply my own opinion, which I should be entitled to express without being called names.
Now I will get back to cultivating my medicinal herbs. Goodbye Doug, and get out there doing something real to become as independent of the system as you can, as soon as you can. Food, water, clothing, shelter, medicine, education - there's lots to do to build the alternative infrastructure we need so that they no longer CAN control us.