In "generally accepted accounting principles," stock buy-backs and bonuses are expenses, just like plant&equipment. The best part is borrowing money at zero interest to buy into the stock market!
It is possible to choose not to participate. One affirmative way to help yourself, as a not-wealthy person, is to stop buying useless consumer crap. Until Microsoft Windows is reborn again, ANY PC that runs Windows 10 is good enough. Have you maintained that 10-year-old car to run at highway speeds? Good enough. If you have already convinced yourself that you need a smartphone, do you really need a newer one? Apply this way of thinking to all your purchasing decisions, including clothing, shelter, food, etc. Cable teevee? Just buy a ROKU stick or something like it to go with your Internet, and you'll have more variety of teevee than you'll live long enough to view!