Since the 1980s we have seen the emergence of the psychopathic crowd. No surprise psychopaths are often tied to financial success and riches. Most psychopaths are intelligent and can be extremely charming when it suits their ulterior motives. Its often learned behavior, a belief instilled of high human superiority over most others and that others have no real value.
It flourished in the 1980s with the sudden unleashing of the financial sector, large MNCs, and in our culture. Remember shows like Dynasty, Dallas and Knot's Landing. Being rich, in style and void of any human caring became entertaining if not deemed commendable. C level pay began to explode over ordinary worker pay.
In the 1990s the behavior moved to the world of technology. Prior to the 1990s those in technology were considered geeks and nerds. By the 1990s they were the new found sexy uber rich (even though many of their new Internet companies were a sham). In the naughts, the focus of psychopathic behavior moved back into the financial sector on steroids. Everyone saw the joke the subprime mortgage was and decided to cash in on want would most certainly be a trail of pure misery and economic pain, versus screaming foul. People like Bernie Madoff, Dick Fuld and Stan O'Neil sprang up over night as the architects of worthless financial activities. More to the point, the smart ones buttered up the Federal Reserve and politicians to make sure the ending did not take them down. Other than Madoff (stupid enough to admit his guilt) all of these guys are living a life of luxury.
Since then psychopathic behavior has erupted everywhere from big Pharma to defense companies to payday lenders, looking to cash in on misery and misfortunes. The people at the top of Uber or Airbnb, psychopaths. People running Wall Street, psychopaths. People looking to take advantage of human misery and economic pain, psychopaths. Its as if "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" has become the norm in society.