Are some businessmen sociopathic?
I don't know about Hurd, but I've been watching this Ellison guy for a while. I'm not saying that you have to be a sociopath to be a successful businessman--but it seems to help in many cases. Not the kind of sociopath that murders people, but a lesser form of sociopath who, for the sake of money, will do almost anything to get more of it. I'm mostly reminded of the potato-based billionaire who criticized those lazy slackers who were satisfied with a measly $20 million. (His big customer was McDonald's. He finally died in his 90s, as I recall.)
However, the real problem is when the sociopaths buy cheap politicians and write the laws to encourage (or at least legalize) their own form of vicious selfishness and mindless short-sighted greed. Maybe there is no alternative to a revolution--but I think the sociopaths are deliberately positioning themselves to make sure that the outcome (if a revolution happens) is even worse than the current state.