Alex, I have come to pretty much all of the same conclusions, thanks for posting. I think there are masses of others who have too, but the system tends not to promote our view much, as there is no profit to be made in it.
I am lucky enough to have employment doing something I love; Engineering.
But we can see things are changing, the definitions of work, politics, and even socialising, are all changing fast. More and more we see prominent figures daring to call it out, and being ostracised for that.
The technology exists to monetise our own data in such a way that no individual would ever again need to depend on another for an income, for doing nothing more than living their lives, in whichever way they choose.
So far, that technology remains tied up and abused for profit.
But things are changing. The sooner the better I would say!