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Bread and Circuses

Posted by ghostofsparta on June 28, 2009

(Crossposted at http://paranoidpyro8503.blogspot.com/2009/06/bread-and-circuses.html)

Roman Poet Juvenal

Roman Poet Juvenal

“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.”

–Roman poet Juvenal in Satire X

Michael Jackson died this past weekend. I know that must shock you, as there has been suprisingly little coverage of it in the news. I mean Michael Jackson has been famous since he was about 8, and sold a lot of records over the years. Sure he was no head of state, he didn’t invent anything significant, he didn’t cure any diseases, and he had some legal issues over the past couple decades, but you would think that he would warrant a passing mention in the news somewhere along the way.

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