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It's not just the 'actors' but the system filters that allow those actors to rise to positions of power.

When the dominant view is that the ends justify the means then it's no surprise that monsters rise to power.

The variability in humanity amounts to little if the system wide filters (read Corporations & Governments) select for what decent folks consider pathological pursuits of power and wealth.

I can think of no adequate individual response to this state of affairs. By adequate I mean a response where the "agency" of the individual can make a likely difference for the "better" in a somewhat predictable manner. So we individually vacillate, wring our hands and prognosticate.

Arguments about the "bad actors" misses the point if the fail to acknowledge the role of cultural & societal filters.

As Hofstatder put it in EGB - ants can't talk to the ant hillary.

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