This is an important distinction, because it means we're not up against some intrinsic aspect of our being here. We're up against a small minority of manipulative sociopaths and psychopaths and a system which rewards a lack of empathy.—Caitlin’s Johnstone explaining how she sees the current state of affairs as a function of a relatively small minority of assholes, and not the while human race.
This is actually one of the more optimistic statements that Ms. Johnstone has made, and I hope that she's right.
Certainly, human survival has for most of our existence depended on empathy and cooperation, hunter gatherer societies, upwards of 95% of our history could not function without this.
The current state of affairs, we can call it Neoliberalism, certainly does seem to cater to the absolute worst in us and of us.