I don't believe conspiracies rule the world. I also think it's naive to think that people in power don't make social engineering plans that are not shared with the public. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. They don't have to be part of any society of evil for that, but also as any social group, they identify more with each other (top politician, intellectuals, artists, billionaires with little sense of local belonging having a global life) than with the rest of us. As any social group, they do not conspire per se, but simply act in their own interest, putting forward the values they have as individuals. As people with power to influence large shares of society, it does have an impact when their plans work out.
As people of no local identities and no local sense of belonging, cosmopolitans or globalists see a need for a global government - or as they say for now, a global governance. That is no conspiracy, it's an open program with vast bibliography on it and those involved don't hide, they actually take great pride in promoting that as the next step in human development.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_governancehttp://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=global+governance
The concept of a world government is als a serious one, openly pursued by many intellectuals and key players in world politics and economy.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_government
They also explain that the improvement of existing global governance is a necessary step for an actual world government. Nothing about this is conspiratory nowadays, it's very open, discussed in public and with many papers on it.
For us, as Orthodox Christians, the impacts are both social and spiritual. Social in that ecumenism is the religious branch of the globalist movement. And although globalist would hardly push for a one world religion, those who are theists certainly believe the "we all worship the same God" theory and push for a one world "cosmic" spirituality that relativizes all religions as culturally limited efforts of human imagination and thought to grasp with the Infinite and the Mistery. *This* is a belief held by Freemansons and the reason why Orthodox Christians can't join them, for we confess that Jesus Christ is truly God revealed and not just a manifestation of one of His faces, culturally conditioned. God is Jesus and is the same for all people and the other faiths are simply incomplete or wrong about Him, because they truly are human efforts to grasp God, while Jesus is God revealing Himself as He is to us.
The spiritual problem is as St. Paul says, that we don't fight against the powers of Earth, but against the powers of the air, that is, the demons. There is no human conspiracy governing the world, but Satan is also called the Prince of this World, for he and his demons do have power over the ungodly people of the world, even those who are in power, even those who claim to be Christians, and he does manipulate them to drive the world away from God. The real "conspiracy" so to speak is the invisible demons acting in an orchestrated way around the world to harden hearts, imprison souls in the mud and prevent salvation. For that they use both individual temptations, but, through the falls of people with political, financial and military power, they can and do provoke social temptations. A call for lazyness and vanity through welfare, a call to lust through unchecked "freedom of speech", a call to greed through unrestrained consumerism and corrupted competition, idolatry and paganism through enviromentalism, to pride and arrogance through scientificism, a mockery of communion through socialism and other forms of collectivism, a mockery of the glory God gives each one through individualism, abusing free-will like in Eden. The list goes on and on.
A Brazilian philosopher, Olavo de Carvalho, even says that if anything has to be "updated" in Christian asceticism is the fact that, in traditional asceticism, the focus is on individual temptations. Today, social temptations are so overwhelming that we must fight them even before we fight the individual ones, for we are so pulled into mass stereotypes that the "individual" we recognize as "myself" is not even a real one most of the time, it's just a social role imposed by one or many of those social temptations, making self-examination a mockery too, where the character we think we are is accused by the devil and is defended by our vanity. Layers over layers of falsehood.