My feelings on our current system are pretty adequately summed up by this quotation from this article (which is lengthy, but definitely worth a read):
The idea is that we are supposed to adopt this faulty, overly-simplistic view of how the world works, that is packaged in a market-centric framework; and if something happens within this framework that does not fit our oversimplified model of how the world works, then it's assumed to be because somebody, somewhere, isn't sticking to the model closely enough, and we should blame and shame that person (similar to a religious cult, where all of the world's problems are assumed to stem from the fact that everyone outside the cult is "corrupted" and doesn't acknowledge the "true god," and so all problems are assumed a priori to come from outside of the belief system; critical analysis of the belief system from within is strictly forbidden -- capitalism is often portrayed this way by the more economically libertarian, in that if you question it, you are written off as someone who "hates freedom" or "is a soshulist").
The promises of modernity regarding progress, freedom and hope have not been eliminated; they have been reconfigured, stripped of their emancipatory potential and relegated to the logic of a savage market instrumentality. Modernity has reneged on its promise to young people to provide social mobility, stability and collective security. Long-term planning and the institutional structures that support them are now relegated to the imperatives of privatization, deregulation, flexibility and short-term profits. Social bonds have given way under the collapse of social protections and the attack on the welfare state. Moreover, all solutions to socially produced problems are now relegated to the mantra of individual solutions.
Public problems collapse into the limited and depoliticized register of private issues. Individual interests now trump any consideration of the good of society just as all problems are ultimately laid at the door of the solitary individual, whose fate is shaped by forces far beyond his or her capacity for personal responsibility. Under neoliberalism everyone has to negotiate their fate alone, bearing full responsibility for problems that are often not of their own doing. The implications politically, economically and socially for young people are disastrous and are contributing to the emergence of a generation of young people who will occupy a space of social abandonment and terminal exclusion. Job insecurity, debt servitude, poverty, incarceration and a growing network of real and symbolic violence have entrapped too many young people in a future that portends zero opportunities and zero hopes. This is a generation that has become the new register for disposability, redundancy, and new levels of surveillance and control.
Also, we're expected to accept full "personal responsibility" for things that we ultimately have no control over -- things we may influence the probability of, such as the decision of someone else to hire or fire us, but that ultimately remain in someone else's hands. Our society at this point is largely a lottery in many ways, and yet if we don't succeed absolutely, then it's assumed that we didn't learn how to game the system enough -- the point of this philosophy being that people who are amoral and who are willing to step on others and grab power whenever the opportunity presents itself are somehow inherently more moral than others, because hey, they're self-absorbed sociopaths who only care about money, but at least they're *successful* ("might equals right"), while people who are more social and express concern for others are written off as "pussies" and "soshulists" and never given a legitimate hearing.
tl;dr = our society's expectations are a lot like buying one lottery ticket, and then assuming that the result of that ticket is an accurate reflection of your worth as a human being.
For all the things that I never did
For all the places I never was
For all the people I never stopped
But there was nothing I could do..."