Of course, what we know about sociopaths like Avenatti is that their behavior did not start in late adulthood. He was a ripping people off as a kid. His inability to distinguish right from wrong probably would have gotten him killed by puberty in most times. Society was too near a run thing to tolerate these types of people. In fact, there’s good evidence that Western society deliberately removed these sorts of people from the breeding stock by the miracle of capital punishment. The executioner was essential to human civilization.
Of course, no process continues into the future unabated. At some point, survival will require dealing with people like Michael Avenatti. If after a quick trial, he is hanged in a public square, the dynamics of society would quickly change. Being the slick talking grifter would plummet in status and even the dumb people in mass media would become afraid of them. The executions would proliferate until the balance of personality types in society was restored. In other words, it’s time to bring back the hangman.
Of course if the Democrats get back in they will employ the Hangman for an entirely different set of “Criminals”; Capitalists, conservative speakers, conservative clergymen, gun shop owners… etc.
We have created too many ‘soft’ people in our society to get back the hangman, nice people but (at this point) no ability to cope with the question of the right way to handle people like Avenatti or Clinton. But bad times build character …in the survivors.