R. Jose b. Elisha said: If you see a generation overwhelmed by many troubles, go forth and examine the judges of Israel, for all retribution that comes to the world comes only on account of the Judges of Israel.
Perversion of justice, the buying off of litigants and witnesses, does deeply corrupt. But there is hope:
'Ulla said: Jerusalem shall be redeemed only by righteousness, as it is written, Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.(Isa. 1:27)
And it affects even those outside the land –even those who are under the oppression of the Persian Magi (as the Jewish community of Babylonia was):
R. Papa said: When the haughty cease to exist [in Israel], the magi shall cease [among the Persians]. . . as it is written, And I will surely purge away thy haughty ones.