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Post by Maddog on Sun Feb 24, 2019 6:23 pm

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. 


Will Luden in “Bread and Circuses for the Masses – Not Just Ancient Rome” describesthe Roman government policy as “Emperors, in the later stages of the Empire, used both free bread (and other food) and free entertainment to placate the larger number of people who were otherwise poorly served by their government.”


Jose Azel’s definition in “The Politics of Bread and Circuses” provides an easily understood and concise description. “Bread and Circus” are “political strategies calculated to appease a population and divert attention from controversial or failed policies with populist welfare programs…” He further explains, “public support is thus created not through exceptional public service and effective public policy, but through diversion, and patronage.”




The Oxford Reference provides the following definition:


“A term referring to the potential of spectator sports and mass spectacle to divert populations or factions of a population away from the weightier business of politics and society.”
https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/361674-bread-and-circuses-could-strike-down-america-like-rome



Is this historical or a reflection of many modern societies?

Have citizens been reduced to gaping fools looking for the next handout?

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Post by veya_victaous on Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:11 am

Nah the modern bread and circuses is hollywood films and fox news

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Post by Maddog on Mon Feb 25, 2019 2:57 pm

veya_victaous wrote:Nah the modern bread and circuses is hollywood films and fox news


Well, there is no bread involved there.  

But if there is a modern version can we expect a fate different than Rome ?

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