This isn't the best system, obviously, but it does work. So don't despair, just be vigilant.
It's just that most of us can't afford to outsource our vigilance, and the system works better for those who can.
There is no question the system works - it's the biggest most powerful such in the world, possibly in all of known history.
The question is for whom  it works - the answer may depress you.
 hint: someone in the know once said: "corporations are people, my friend"