This evening I watched Bill Moyers show on PBS. The first guest was John Bogle, founder of Vanguard Mutual Fund Group. Vanguard is one of the few (the only?) employee-owned fund groups, one of the few places you can be assured of not getting screwed as a small investor.
I've never heard any US business leader give a bleaker assessment of the US and US business practices. He calls the US the new Rome -- bread and circuses, companies being run for the benefit of the top half a dozen executives at the expense of the stockholders, private investment companies buying hospitals and nursing homes, which drop care so far that residents die, and having complete immunity from lawsuits, since their corporate structure is so complicated that nobody can find out who owns the facility.