The lies the government and media tell are amplifications of the lies we tell ourselves. To stop being conned, stop conning yourself.
It matters enormously to a successful democratic society like ours that we have three branches of government, each with some independence and some control over the other two. That’s set out in the Constitution.
Poor people cannot rely on the government to come to help you in times of need. You have to get your education. Then nobody can control your destiny.