The nominal form of a verb – the gerund – is perhaps the better form to represent some nominal forms as objects (nouns). We talk about concepts but really we are talking about the act of thinking of something as an object, that is, an act of conceptualising. This is why I argue that running is not a thing, but the action of a thing, and capitalism is the action of many things. And in needing something to do the action, it is a property of a thing, much like adjective being the property of an noun. Verbs need to be re-conceptualised as the verb is a property of a subject in an active sentence, and an object in a passive sentence.
But I am not suggesting we stay on the level of the sign, but we must reevaluate what is ontologically there.