I'm still developing my English so it's great if you answer my question in a very short and direct way; the shorter it is, the better. I don't get the meaning of "HOW LONG DO WE GIVE IT" in the excerpt below. (Edit: thank you. ..I can't search where to reply..)

Does any man strive to gain wealth or influence for any reason other than to reach a point where they can abuse with impunity those under their control? How long do we give it before we start treating anyone who wants to become rich, famous or powerful in any way as automatically suspect?

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"How long do we give it" means "how long do we wait". We can have a long time as well as a long distance.

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