“Follow the money.” Corruption in our modern system means, simply enough, that tracing something to the source of dollars, or the source of financial influence, leads you to the legislation or court decision. If you find the correct route, too often you find the “proper reason” for a shady act or opinion. “Justice” has nothing to do with such acts.
They need not be inevitable. The truth is, as a nation, we generally do not pay attention as the power of the Immortals rises and puts us out of business, pushes us away from life, and constrains our freedoms. The pursuit of happiness becomes more difficult.
The Immortals are citizens who seldom die, speak with a chorus of ten thousand paychecks, and keep growing in power and might by the legislation of Congress and the approving decisions of the Supreme Court. Giants in the Earth.
They arise from power, of course — yours and mine. We have little choice. The Supreme Court granted it to them out of thin air. Magic! Divine Authority! The powers of demons rolled up from the shards of the Civil War, dredged from the rivers of taxes, knocked down from the mountains of righteousness. And we paid for it.
There is a sentence in Genesis that was translated, “There were giants in the earth in those days.” A careful look tells us the word for Giants is nephalim. Nephil means the Fallen. The suffix -im is the Hebrew plural. Many fallen men of renown, indeed.