I'd be hard-pressed to name one investment banker-wall street barker-money guy who wasn't a sociopath, or had sociopathic tendencies. To be successful in that business these days isn't like being Jimmy Stewart in, It's a Wonderful Life. I imagine there are small-town banks that still feel the duty to have a social conscious, but from what I've seen they're more like Mr. Potter, get in, get the money any way you can, and get out. And the modern world is so skewed up that any successful, small enterprise becomes a target of the big players who can throw numbers around that would make your head spin. All of the big players are out there having their agents on the lookout for the next big thing.
It shouldn't surprise anybody that sociopaths run the world and are becoming the only game in town. It used to be that a decent guy, a smart guy, a talented guy with mild ambition, could rise through the ranks to lead some of the world's greatest institutions. I think of Dwight Eisenhower as one of those or Harry Truman. The most recent was Jimmy Carter. Undeniably a kind and decent man who had to learn repeatedly how the sociopaths play the game. To win. To win at all costs. The only limits a sociopath will voluntarily accept are limits that do more harm to the opposition than the home team
And yes, many of the people who wrestled, stole, bought, finagled, deceived the natives into being deprived of their land and livelihoods all over the globe were sociopaths. They had to be survive the trials they were put through. They had to be driven by an insane desire to make all of the world around them submit to their will. Many of our early leaders were sociopaths. Many of the greatest heroes and conquerors of all time were sociopaths driven towards personal accomplishment with no regard for the feelings of others or the hardships they caused. And this is the way of the modern world too. Only the game is now played with numbers, primarily, not iron, lead, and blood. And this is a good thing.
But as in all closed environments where amoral, unethical, unabashedly avaricious creatures continually take from their fellow creatures without any sense of shame or evidencing a guilty conscience, as resources become more and more stacked at one end of the balance, the weight of those cut off from the benefits of living in a world free of blind ambition slowly builds until the balance tips. This is history repeatedly endlessly. This is the social contract. This is karma. This is the middle path. This is where we are.
And at some point, the sociopaths, who are pragmatic in only one pursuit, winning whatever becomes the object of their fancy, survival being a vital winning the game, often choose to give up some of their winnings to be able to join the crowd crying out for blood, so they can begin the process of acquisition all over again.