I've been reading the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz. There are some interesting thoughts and theories his character comes up with. The following is from "Odd Hours" and says what just might be true today:
"If evil geniuses are so rare, why do so many bad people get away with so many crimes against their fellow citizens and, when they become leaders of nations, against humanity?
Edmund Burke provided the answer in 1795: The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
.....It is also essential that good men and women not be educated and propagandized into believing that real evil is a myth and that all malevolent behavior is merely the result of a broken family's or failed society's shortcomings, amenable to cure by counseling and by the application of new economic theory."
Gives one something to think about.