There is a great article conspiracy v Conspiracy in American History on a blog in the spirit of Thomas Paine. It refers to a ruling elite of some 6000 individuals who feed into the unconscious myths of the American psyche.
At the same time, there are a few conscious plans by key organisations. Some of them cross more than one generation – such as this one:
“Capital must protect itself in every possible way, both by combination and legislation. Debts must be collected, mortgages foreclosed as rapidly as possible. When, through the process of law, the common people lose their homes, they will become more docile and more easily governed through the strong arm of government applied by a central power of wealth under leading financiers. These truths are well known among our principal men who are now engaged in forming an imperialism to govern the world. By dividing the voter through the political party system, we can get them to expend their energies in fighting for questions of no importance. It is thus by discreet action we can secure for ourselves that which has been so well planned and so successfully accomplished.”
American’s Banker Association, 1924