Not so good, Scott. I see the point you were trying to make here and I agree with it, but I think you made it a bit clumsily and not very amusingly here. I dont know if there was a better way to do it in a three panel strip. Maybe you should have tried it in a Sunday strip or blogged about it instead.
Shoes is chapter 1. When Asok gets to chapter 2, he'll find out about selling his soul. Sadly, in human society, as you get closer to the top of most large hierarchies, the more evil the people tend to become. I've seen it many, many times. I think this is partly because most normal people don't seek power over others, they really have no desire to boss others around. It seems that, as one gets to the top of most existing hierarchies, the competition gets fiercer, and to beat it, one has to be willing to behave in reprehensible ways. While climbing up to the top, whenever confronted with a decision, I think many current leaders asked themselves, "What would Dogbert do?" and put it into practice. It would appear that hierarchical structures actually select, in an almost Darwinian way, for the less moral people as you get closer to the top. As the old saying goes, "s**t floats."
There are exceptions to this, of course! I could name several. But in my experience, there's a very strong tendency for this in many organizations.