But seriously folks, this is a cute thought-experiment; the “perfection” displayed by the current batch of predators is a reflection of the new shamelessness Trump’s baseness has introduced. White-supremacists and insatiable profiteers sucking the lifeblood from everyone have been granted freedom to dispose of the mask. Now it’s popular to openly be an asshole.
But only the shamelessness is new, not the underlying venality. There’s arguably been a corresponding decline in hypocrisy. Obama was “the more effective evil” because he was better at it.
This issue is more thoroughly treated in Thomas Frank’s (2008) The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule.
The dumbest and most corruptible/corrupted are the easiest to be overrun by lobbying and blackmail.
Good article Mike Lofgren.
“Sooner or later, we shall see whether the higher laws of natural selection act to weed out stupidity in as spectacular and unpleasant a fashion as occurred with the Habsburg and Ottoman empires.”
Looking at things from an ecological perspective, natural selection is weeding out the human plague by sending the stupid to do the job.
Speaking of Reverse Darwinian Selection, how could you overlook Tweetle-Dumb’s first exercise of
his right to choose – the picking of Mike Pence as his running mate in 2016? And have you already forgotten Jeff Sessions??
OTOH, at least you can’t blame Mitch McConnell on Trump . . .
Darwin’s “natural selection” concept was drawn from Malthus, and had no empirical support, and still doesn’t. Factors such a predation (Robert Sussman) and female-choice sexual selection (Adrienne Zihlman) are the relevant factors in our evolution.