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Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses (Juvenal, Satire 10.77–8 *
"Bread and circuses" (or Bread and games) (from Latin: panem et circenses) is a metaphor for handouts and petty amusements that politicians use to gain popular support, instead of gaining it through sound policy. The phrase is invoked not only to criticize politicians, but also to criticize their supporters for giving up their civic duty.
Originally posted by badgerprints
Those crazy Romans and modern society.
I think TV is our version of the Romans lead plumbing.
Originally posted by mopusvindictus
Hate contributes nothing to a search for truth.
Please, stop embarrassing yourself, ATS, and the rest of us.