You can gain another perspective on it from older books like "Empire of Oil" by Harvey O'Connor and "America's 60 Families" by Ferdinand Lundberg.
The new books tell of the Conspiracy Du Jour, but the underlying methods of capital and political schemes to rape and pillage the masses through marketing (theft of time and attention), graft and tax codes (the vast majority of corruption in government), as well as the full-blown ownership of media by corporate overlords are the core of human consumptionism, religion and education.
There are no advertisers that are going to tell you to NOT buy stuff.
Human civilization is the cheat: we are separated from the risks and responsibilities of the world that spawned us, and until we stop supporting mass anthropocentric extraction, we will be at the mercy of those who we allow to extract resources for us and from us for profit.
If you want Change, keep it in your pocket.