I am thinking on a small group in the current Humanity, having only around 2-300 members. They have the most important positions in the world politics (i.e. politicians, media holding owners, key directors in the banking sphere).
Behind them, there is a "second level" of the network, maybe around some millions of members, which helps them in many ways, similarly to the network of the security services. This system is capable to play a major role in the world politics, without of the knowledge of the majority of the civilization. (Of course, the second-level network doesn't need to know, what they take part.)
Their goal is to degrade the intellectual skills of the Humanity into a half-animal level in order to make it easier to control, and ensure their power on a long-term. More precisely:
- Humanity should be made incapable to create any political power, what could be a threat their rule.
- Ideally, the psycological skills of the humans should be below of the level which is needed to identify the group, not only as they as person, but also to recognize their existence by their deeds.
Of course, the second-level network shouldn't be degraded, only the rest of the Humanity.
The group works on the time scale of centuries, maybe millennia. Constructing plans for hundreds of years, and execute them as they were planned, is not a problem for them. Also they can modify the execution of their plan to reflect the technological, social or political changes of the global society, but they won't ever modify its goals.
Ethical, moralistics conceptions are completely alien for the group, because they consider only themselfes, and the second-level network as human. They see the rest of the Humanity as unclean and dangerous animals, which must be halted on strict control in order of their own safety.
But the possibility of the loss of life in their group they see with irrational fear (from a political viewpoint) and they must minimize or avoid on any cost.
Thus, for example, exterminating people is not a problem for them, but only if it surely can't have the side-effect of blood loss in their own group.
The key of their "work" is the invisibility. Everything what they do, should seem as if it would be a natural political/social process, or series of independent events without a central control.
They can't do anything directly, they must do everything through proxies. For example, they could maybe incite a nuclear war, or a non-nuclear world war, but it would require to motive a large mass of political, military decisions where the decision-makers act against their own will. This is hard, because people out of their circles are also intellient beings and they shouldn't perceive, what is going on.
There are also many security services out of their control.
But, any political or social change, what such a group can reach, is reachable for them, until the blood loss in their circles can be minimized.
How can they reach their goal?