An underlying theme of Arrested Development is that Michael Bluth’s whole family first philosophy is an unrealistic (attempt to define some existential guide for behavior that
is, in reality a man grasping at the straws of what he believes to be a sort of selfless morality.
Michael Bluth suffers from a modern epidemic where the afflicted believes himself an übermensch (to borrow Nietzsche’s term.)
The twenty-teen society has bred a hoard of narcissistic, self serving deviants who fancy themselves authors of not only their own but all of our realities.
Michael Bluth isn’t an inherently profound being, despite his own convictions, he is simply caught in his own distorted version reality where his is the center and focus of all morality and and importance.
A testament to the distortion of his reality is the fact that even as the center of morality he is somehow allowed the right to commit conventionally immoral acts as they are justifiable in the eyes of the central, moral, all powerful being that is Michael Bluth.
The last line is of course meant to be read with sarcasm.
Of course this is less about Michael Bluth and more about the being he represents in reality. We could replace his name with Rodion Raskolnikov or any number of other modern literary characters who adopt a similar disposition.
This gives credit to Arrested Development as a master work of modern American television while also serving as an outlet for a sort of rant about the “M. Bluth’s” and “R. Raskolnikov’s” who plague our lives.