Since there is no viable replacement for capitalism, isn’t our only real choice to get a hold of the beast and ‘slap it silly’ till it works for the benefit of the majority? However, i do sympathize with your cynicism. There is so much to be critical of.
Capitalism is a complex interactive concept. The monetary system, which colludes with present masters of power and deception, is its chief architect and thug enforcer. If people democratically unseat the current power brokers (a dream, i know), once we uncouple the two foundational pillars, then capitalism, which is really our current tradition of “How to get money”, could be reformed.
What if competition under its corrupted form was ended, but competition to provide good jobs and a living wage became the ‘law’, and more importantly, the successful new way? Corporations would not be people, and would be forced to serve. Liars and obstructors would find that it no longer pays to deceive, and transparency and accountability would result in swift ‘regulation’ the likes of which have never been seen.
When real, full access to information becomes the norm, there would be no place to hide within a governance or economics that pays people to serve each other honestly and responsibly.
The fact that we are so far away from these possibilities attests to the corruption inherent in our traditions. Not being a nihilist, the heart of progressive hope has to be endurance and strength as we labor to turn a long standing, corrupted social tradition into an authentic social democracy that benefits everyone.