Bread & Circus
Imperial Rome pacified the common people with free food and gladiator contests at the Colosseum, which the satirist, Juvenal, called bread and circus. Sadly, little has changed since those days; governments continue to pacify the common people with bread and circus. But today, the bread is welfare, provided by the liberals; the circus is warfare, provided by the conservatives; and the Colosseum is television, provided by the media.
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