Bread and Circuses is a metaphor for a simplistic means of appeasement. In the case of politics, the phrase is used to describe the creation of public
approval, not through exemplary or excellent public service or public policy, but through the mere satisfaction of the immediate, shallow requirements
of a populace. The phrase also implies the erosion or ignorance of civic duty amongst the concerns of the common man.
In modern usage, the phrase has become an adjective to deride a populace that no longer values civic virtues and the public life. To many across the
political spectrum, left and right, it connotes the triviality and frivolity that defined the Roman Empire prior to its DECLINE.
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