In the free market, only the true capitalist, the entrepreneur, is sufficiently independent to call out all the aforementioned players on their nonsense and obfuscation. To a fool who has traded his conscience for job security, there's nothing more terrifying than the thought of losing that job -- because then what would they be left with? But for the true capitalist, engagement is always entirely voluntary and can be dissolved at whim if it risks excessive compromise. The true capitalist may not be making the kind of dough often seen by those higher up the food chain in these racket-type industries, but he is certainly the freest human being on the planet.
The best possible outcome for America and the Western world would be the collapse of these dysfunctional nests through their inhabitants' own nefarious behavior, as exemplified in recent years by Enron, WorldCom, Tyco, and various financial institutions and European governments pre-bailout. At some point they lose all sense of self-awareness and start fooling themselves. No one should bail them out. Let the swamp creatures devour each other. Those who are honest, intelligent and truly capable will create a new commerce built around the individual, who will stand or fall on his or her personal dealings, character and integrity.
Psychopaths are narcissistic aberrations who parasitize others, believe they're entitled to whatever they want, and exploit the fact that everyone with a conscience plays by the rules. That's how they tilt the playing field in their favor. The Western world must move away from the dysfunctional premise that one must join the psychopaths and be like them to succeed. Their playing field must be shredded by decent people -- namely the capitalist entrepreneurs -- who refuse to play their game and aren't afraid to create a new game with new rules that involve dealing only with like-minded people and "reframing" the behavior of the unsavory.
Genuinely intelligent people are the ones who can succeed without compromising their conscience at any price. Those are the leaders we desperately need going forward.
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