At one time, rulers went to battle along with their troops, they didn't hide safely in bunkers and just give orders.
This is why I have no hope for humankind, we allow ourselves to be governed by the wealthy, greedy, self centered privileged that have no idea what it is like for those who are actually the ones who keep the economy going, the common people, struggling to eke out a living. We are the gears that keep it all working. We are the ones who work their factories, buy their products with the money we just earned producing it.
They pacify us like children.
At least here in the US.
Most of us are not self sufficient and could not survive if we had to produce everything ourselves.
We have become too domesticated and reliant.
Maybe that is the meaning of the adage 'money is the root of all evil.'
People used to barter and trade.
I assume money was invented by someone too lazy to do for themselves or something and bamboozled others into believing something relatively useless had value. From a pretty rock traded for a piece of pottery, to a gold coin for an article of clothing and then elevating that coin to be more valuable than anything else.
Then turn that coin into paper because it is more convenient and make lots of it that is no longer backed by anything at all. The tree from which it was made is more valuable.
We, the bamboozled.