It is a well-documented syndrome that a pattern of serious unethical behavior has both cognitive and affective costs. Our ability to perceive reality accurately and to resist our desires get compromised. To put it prosaically, “being unethical makes you stupid and greedy.” Anyone who doesn’t know this hasn’t been paying attention.
The latest example of this is the blind greed and callous disregard for hurting others shown in the G.O.P.’s vote. In what universe was the meltdown not a sign that the system was broken? Similarly, in what universe is a massive concentration of wealth and power not a sign that we have a fundamental, systemic failure? Once again, blind greed, a completely false ideology and a frontal assault on ethics and basic American ideals.