Is there a word that means “unfair” with economic connotations? Specifically, to mean bribing one’s way out of something? However, I also want to avoid words that imply intent to benefit on the part of the party being bribed. Essentially, words that blame it on “the system”, not the people involved.
I can’t believe that we’re allowed to buy our grades now. That seems a bit ____
You could try venal – showing or motivated by susceptibility to bribery.
If you want a lighter touch, maybe inequitable; it’s a lot more generic, but has a small financial connotation due to equity having a specific definition (assets minus liabilities) in investment jargon.