It's up to us
Trying to figure out what to do? I am right there with you. I am looking at history, because that is likely in part to have the answers about what to do.
Other people in the past have been enslaved, other times have had people in similar situations. Most recently East Germany and the soviet Union.
I have looked at the past, with the Israelites being enslaved by the Egyptians, a powerful empire, and how they were freed.
The difference with bonded slavery is that people realise that they are slaves. Thy do not grow up falsely believing that they are free.
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I also looked at some more recent examples. I looked at workplace mobbing. This can start off small, but end up like a runaway train, and be almost as impossible to stop.
However what it takes to stop mobbing is apparently not some heroic feat, but something very simple. According to Professor Kenneth Westhue the way to stop mobbing is not some difficult scheme, but someone usually someone in authority saying, stop it, cut it out.
[quote]Beyond that, Mr. Westhues said, administrators also have more power to halt a mobbing in its tracks.
"You know what stops mobbings?" he asked. "Somebody saying, 'Cut it out. Enough of this!'"[/quote]
I then looked at McCarthyism and what it too to stop that witch hunt and it wasn't some amazing feat. The media stopped the witch hunt, they stopped enabling Joseph McCarthy, and his crazy witch hunt.
Also a news caster named Edward R. Murrow, played a big role in getting society to see what a lying, devious, fink the senator was and that helped to break his hold on society. Not before a lot of damage was done, but it helped., and then Edward R. Murrow challenged him, and he was exposed for the phony that he was, and that is in large part what stopped McCarthyism.
I have heard that the Salem Witch trials finally ended when people started to ignore the claims of witchcraft. They simply did not enable the accusers anymore. Here is some quick wiki background.
[quote]The first three people accused and arrested for allegedly afflicting Betty Parris, Abigail Williams, 12-year-old Ann Putnam, Jr., and Elizabeth Hubbard were Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne, and Tituba. Sarah Good was poor and known to beg for food or shelter from neighbors. Sarah Osborne had sex with her indentured servant and rarely attended church meetings. Tituba, as a slave of a different ethnicity than the Puritans, was an obvious target for accusations. All of these outcast women fit the description of the "usual suspects" for witchcraft accusations, and no one stood up for them.[/quote]
See they go after the undesirables first, but it never stops there. This is a continual theme.
[quote]Governor Phips’ orders, Increase Mather’s statement to the Boston clergy and waning support of the trials soon left the cries of the afflicted to fall on deaf ears. People began to ignore the accusations of the afflicted. The fury of the witch trials subsided, and the last witch trial was held in January 1693. Governor Phips ended the witch trials when he pardoned the remaining accused in May 1693. With this pardon, the Salem witch trials, which resulted in nineteen hangings and a death by crushing rocks, was finally concluded.[/quote]
Not enabling the witch trials was what helped to stop it.
What ended the trials?
Public support and belief in the trials began to wane for several reasons. Respected ministers started to believe that some innocent people were being accused and executed for witchcraft primarily on unreliable spectral evidence. As the Reverend Increase Mather stated, "It were better than ten suspected witches should escape than one innocent person should be condemned." Also, as the accusations mounted, persons from all walks of life--rich and poor, beggar and merchant--were being accused. Additionally, the accused that originally confessed to witchcraft requested to recant their former confessions. With public confidence in the trials slipping, the cries of the afflicted were steadily ignored, and the accusations eventually stopped. [/quote]
See these runaway trains can be stopped, but they must be stopped at the beginning, because if they are stopped after they are allowed to start it is usually after the blood of many innocent have been shed, and it's always up to us, to stop it.