While it is interesting to speculate why there are nihilistic tendencies, how to functionally operationalize it is the immediate problem.
Bombing people into inexistence just reinforces the demand for destruction. Adam Smith, for example, being a moral philosopher (and remember, nihilists, like Ayn Rand, argue that the non-elite’s “sense” of morality is delusional because that identity “naturally” belongs to the powerful), considered it possible to organize the psychopathy to benefit everybody.
(Of course, remember, Randians think that if everybody wins no one measurably wins. Without a winner and a loser there is no measurable difference–the value is zero, which is pure, nihilistic nonsense. Anybody that has any “sense” knows that–“all things remaining equal”–people are “naturally” different and tolerance is necessary to keep the peace.)
What Pareto described as “optimality” is what Smith referred to as ensuring a free-and-unconsolidated marketplace, which is the natural role of government authority in priority. A free market is completely opposed to the so-called “natural monopolies” that both the left and right advocate in the public interest.
Like Smith observed, always yielding to elite authority (observing the social contract) is more likely than not to be coercive (nihilistic). The power elite (public or private) is more interested in coercion on demand than tolerance, yielding to, like Ayn Rand observed, command authority–not to keep the peace on demand, however, but by consolidating the risk to command its destruction.
Since, like Hobbes observed, “the risk” is a constant value, there is a natural (categorically imperative) tendency to avoid it, which is then priced into the future, to be paid in the form of “the rent,” on demand. Being avoided, the value (the rent) naturally accumulates, surplussing the value (the on-demand existence, which cannot be destroyed but tolerated) for future consumption.
Eventually the rent comes due. If it (the risk–the price to be paid) is not deconsolidated (operationalized, like in a free market) demand naturally exists in the form of destructive force (“all things remaining equal”), naturally resisting life that imitates art by default.