Don’t imagine that the sin of greed produces sanity. Those who think the rich and powerful can’t be bought are not in touch with reality. The rich and powerful have been bought already. That is why they are rich and powerful.
These people will not stop till a) we stop them or b) they have utterly ransacked the economy and brought the world to its knees. The testimony of human history is that a pagan world is *always* based on a slave economy. Slavery is the norm, not the exception, for fallen man. Christ is the only one who frees from slavery and even the influence of his Spirit took centuries to really penetrate a human race in which every culture took it for granted. Now that the influence of the Church is on the wane in the West, one of the very first things we should expect (and are seeing) is the immediate return of slavery and the reduction of human beings to property, first de facto and eventually de jure.
Oh, and look! Dutch and Israeli scientists are gleeful about new techniques for manufacturing babies and the Country that Used to Be England has just approved the manufacture of three parent embryos. When humans are being manufactured, it isn’t far to making them property. And in a godless world, there’s no particular reason not to. As the Athenians instructed one of their subject peoples: The strong do as they like and the weak suffer what they must in a world where fallen man is the highest power and authority. For fallen man is a slave to the Prince of this world and if he will not have the freedom of Christ he will get the chains of Satan.
So it looks like the West is headed for its own little period of the Judges till we finally get a clue. The cycle works this way:
And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers; and there arose another generation after them, who did not know the LORD or the work which he had done for Israel. And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baals; and they forsook the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt; they went after other gods, from among the gods of the peoples who were round about them, and bowed down to them; and they provoked the LORD to anger. They forsook the LORD, and served the Baals and the Ashtaroth. So the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he gave them over to plunderers, who plundered them; and he sold them into the power of their enemies round about, so that they could no longer withstand their enemies. Whenever they marched out, the hand of the LORD was against them for evil, as the LORD had warned, and as the LORD had sworn to them; and they were in sore straits. Then the LORD raised up judges, who saved them out of the power of those who plundered them. And yet they did not listen to their judges; for they played the harlot after other gods and bowed down to them; they soon turned aside from the way in which their fathers had walked, who had obeyed the commandments of the LORD, and they did not do so. Whenever the LORD raised up judges for them, the LORD was with the judge, and he saved them from the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge; for the LORD was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who afflicted and oppressed them. But whenever the judge died, they turned back and behaved worse than their fathers, going after other gods, serving them and bowing down to them; they did not drop any of their practices or their stubborn ways. So the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel; and he said, “Because this people have transgressed my covenant which I commanded their fathers, and have not obeyed my voice, I will not henceforth drive out before them any of the nations that Joshua left when he died, that by them I may test Israel, whether they will take care to walk in the way of the LORD as their fathers did, or not.” (Judges 2:10-22)
How do you break the cycle? “Repent, and believe in the Lord Jesus.” Eventually, after a lot of suffering, people will figure that out.