To sell oneself for a large sum of money has been common throughout the ages. But it requires that both parties are honourable. Indentured servitude is an openly known contract. To deceive one party is to invite open disruption of all contracts. Those who have much to lose seldom engage in dishonourable conduct as they know what happens as a result. To avoid being caught, the dishonourable therefore steal away all power in the state to enforce false agreements.
When dupes are made of ordinary people they are confused and damaged. By keeping them that way, productivity is damaged and the country declines. Suicides rise and rip apart all civilization: why kill oneself and leave one's children to suffer? Far more honourable to kill them also. All honour is inverted.