I'm noodling around the net and what do I find? Another conspiracy. One I call The Master Manipulators. Now if you watch the first few minutes of the video you will hear a startling revelation:
And from this the master manipulators get the idea: "The way to control people is to make them happy."
Unfortunately they are competing with "The way to make people (well a lot of them anyway) happy is to leave them alone."
I predict trouble.
In the end it always comes down to: "We did everything we could to make you happy and you are still not happy. You ingrates. Now we will have to shoot you."
Of course there is some truth to the statement about happy people. It is the essence of civilization. You only get civilization where there is enough to eat for long enough. And ultimately if you use agriculture to assure food plenty control is complete. And that happened a very long time ago.
You can read about it here:
Empires of Food: Feast, Famine, and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations