Corporate power has become systemic, capturing one by one the different dimensions of expression and exercise of power, and generating a new dynamic, or a new architecture of really existing power, political, economic and cultural. In this paper we will briefly cover a few basic mechanisms, sketching in a way what can be the emerging shape of the system.Deeply distorted ground rules continue being be presented as the result of a democratic and legitimate process, and indeed our Constitution states that all power emanates from the people. But rescuing the democratic processes of control and resource allocation today is a key challenge. Boaventura de Souza Santos speaks quite rightly of the need to strengthen democracy. But what we really need is to rescue it from the caricature it has become.