Capitalism and free choice, eh?
Here's the thing about benevolent capitalism, and about free choice - lots of people seem to think it exists, but I've never come across any compelling evidence for it.
I say, in the absence of anything convincing, can we drop the pretence and start operating under the assumption these things don't exist? The world makes a lot more sense that way.
A person is complicated enough to believe they have free will, and be fairly unpredictable. But people, they're more predictable than the weather, that's for sure. Does the atmosphere have free will?
The assumption that sticks in my craw, is that anyone can be 'worth' millions of times the 'worth' of another. You can scoff at the choice of words and scare quotes, but at the end of the day, somebody's net worth is a proxy for the value society places on them.
And when society appears to place millions of times more worth on one person than another, the 'valuable' person is somewhat apt to climb up their own arsehole. The entire basis of capitalism runs counter to egalitarianism, and doesn't stand a snowflake's chance in hell of ever resembling a meritocracy. This is why, in the far-right wingnut home of capitalism, you have people walking around claiming the poor don't deserve universal health care.
'...only as bad as the people in charge' - is why I'm an anarchist. Nobody deserves to be in charge - it's not something I'd wish on my worst enemy or best friend.