A very interesting explanation by you, and relevant points. But you, by being in the twenty percent professional class, were not making policy. Your One Percent Client was. Or your One Percent Corporate owner was.
So I can't blame you twenty-percenters for tricking land owners into bad deals.
Yunzer's attempt to shift blame to the victims (non-management labor) is what I contend is invalid. Now, if this survey company you worked for was a partnership, and you were free to write ethics policy, that would be different. But in the corporate world, there is only one class of Captains who make policy. The rest are just galley slaves who do what they are told, or face the wrath of the middle-manager with the whip.
The attempt by the Empire to have the middle class blame themselves for their own demise is what I am not buying. When the Titanic sinks, you can blame only one man for it, since he sets all policy on the ship: The Captain. Blaming lookouts or radiomen, when the Captain ordered breakneck speed on all five boilers in the dark and left the bridge is unconscionable.