From the beginning of time to this point in history there has always been secret societies. The advancement of technological control is what enabled these societies to breakaway from the visible aspects of what we call civilization.
From their perspective it is they who are the “next” step in civilization, not the masses who know nothing of their presence or their power. There is still a desire to maintain balance in world affairs as without a continuity in presence and flow the very material nature of this society would run out of hand and completely disable the public who heavily relies on the infrastructure, technology, and general functioning of control systems to survive and make daily decisions.
Because this is true for the majority of the ‘modern’ world, it is believed that it is a necessary measure to take steps to ensure continuity.