From the top down to the word “The Remnant” is something I had thought about in the past, but couldn’t find a solid way to express.
It could do a bit to explain the Chinese wheat cheats problem I mentioned awhile back too. China seems to have no real rules against cheating the customer. Thus, Screwing the customer is the only rational response over there for those who live in that environment. Screwing the customer is a tradition and anyone who doesn’t goes out of business. The key is setting the society back up so that screwing the customer hurts your business. We’ve had that to some extent in America forever. That doesn’t mean there aren’t still cases of the customer getting screwed, but in general its less likely.