- 'Bread and circuses' could strike down America like it did Rome
- Bread and Circuses in Rome and America
'Bread and circuses' could strike down America like it did Rome
We're Addicted to Bread And Circusesand how
In the Roman Empire, it was bread and chariot races and gladiatorial games that filled the belly and distracted the mind, allowing emperors to rule as they saw fit. There's truth to the view that people can be kept tractable as long as you fill their bellies and give them violent spectacles to fill their free time. Heck, Americans are meekly compliant even when their government invades their privacy and spies upon them. But there's a deeper, more ominous, sense to bread and circuses that is rarely mentioned in American discourse. It was pointed out to me by Amy Scanlon. Basically ancient Rome was a society that completely revolved around war, and where compassion was considered a vice rather than a virtue
The use of propaganda for diversion to an altered state of reality that is defined by the politicians and the political parties is not new. We even observe this concept of diversion in antiquity. The Oxford Reference provides the following definition :. In a column for Bloomberg, Alice Schroeder provides a list of specific conditions that existed during the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. Do we not face an ever increasing gap between the rich and the poor? Is not American influence declining while our military forces are thinly stretched? Are our manufacturing capabilities systematically transferred to foreign shores?
Bread and Circuses in Rome and America
Give them bread and circuses and they will never revolt. What I may call the messages of Brave New World, but it is possible to make people contented with their servitude.