John Perkins really manages to round it up in this interview at Democracy Now: our history has become the history of corporations and that has to be fixed.
If you feel something’s still missing from the big picture, check these out: Loose Change (Final Cut), The one percent.
Before you decide to choose a school, to have children, to choose a field of work, to settle somewhere, to live further, you have to be aware of this context.
My own conclusion is that we have to get used to the principle that the total wealth of any person at any time should be limited to a lifetime of average wages, and plant this principle in our countries’ Constitutions. I see no alternative to it. One can see this limit as a partial implementation of thermoeconomics.