The way to change society is not to willingly allow yourself to be folded into the systems of political authority, but to counterbalance and neutralize the importance of those systems through the way you live your life. There's nothing apathetic about that.
I hate to quote only the last paragraph of an article, but D'Amato really does a nice job of summarizing his premise. His conclusion articulates what I believe are my own core values. Be the world you want to be.