Not him, but the entire thing seems like the perspective of someone that has seen too much anime and now can't separate himself from epic power plays that exist purely for dramatic effect.
In reality, people operate mostly in a reciprocal manner, a sort of tit-for-tat strategy, which quickly filters people that act in a overtly selfish and cruel manner. The reason why this doesn't work is because being a manipulator is a one-off strategy that will pay off once, but will diminish your trustworthiness in the future and in the social world, the only real way to lose if no one wants to "play" with you anymore.
There's the popular notion that sociopaths and psychopaths often rise to positions of power because they're expert manipulators, but the only way to rise to the top of any social hierarchy is to do enough favors and provide enough benefit to the people that keep you in that position. The moment a CEO starts doing something retarded, the board can vote him off. Even a tyrant is as strong as his connections, because the moment he forgets to grease General McFucks pockets, is the moment he will get a coup.
Honest cooperation with the right players is always the best strategy in any social game. Epic switcharoo double, triple agent stabs in the back are only a thing in Death Note and the like.