|Ted: Are you saying that the political or socioeconomic changes open up a niche which would favor the investor? |
Me: To respond to the question: possibly, but I prefer to consider that the evolution of a species is more broad-based in that it doesn't dictate exactly what niche a species may or may not occupy. Specifically, consider us humans, as the ultimate adapters. We can take just about any environment over by making micro-climates/environments suited to our needs. Whereas our most significant cousins, the great apes, have to focus on one niche to survive, and if that niche's primary environmental factors change they're finished. Where as we humans adapt to survive.
In fact, consider that the most recent extinct level event occurred around 200,000 years ago with the eruption of the hyper-volcano that rests underneat modern Yellowstone National Park. Some say it could have been the 'cause' for our species to evolve to fill the largest set of niches left behind by the extincted species. Others, as I've read, suggest our species survived it, showing us as the ultimate survivors (next to viruses and the cockroach (lol)). All of that is pure conjecture since no one has a TARDIS on hand to go see for us. Either way it bears considering. And the fact we've survived the last Ice Age, and according to some dig sites, we actually advanced technologically in that time frame, it's proof in the pudding, as it were, that we're a tough little nugget of a species. That flexibility to survive is what allows us to go forward, and eventually get better technology. We just last long enough to get to this level of sophistication.
Our economic systems are the side-effect of our aptitude to survive well, but not guiding us to them. We lead ourselves to what we have now by figuring out how to survive beyond the momentary. So, again, our evolution didn't tell us what roads we will take, rather what roads we can, in that our adaptations allow us to think beyond the moment. And to utilize that ability to give us a broader set of niches to fill with the possibility of creating new ones as well. Thus, as a side-effect of our adaptations, we were able to choose our current state of living. Which is far better than how we lived in the past (considering, that technically I own more wealth than most of the European noble-folk did in the Medieval period).