Does anyone see parallels between Ancient Rome and modern day America?

Ancient Rome had volatile Caesar's and a thoroughly corrupt senate. The greatest wealth was enjoyed by a select few. And the government of that day and age knew of a very simple way to keep the masses in check. Entertainment. "Give them bread and circuses!", was the credo. Likewise, today are... show more Ancient Rome had volatile Caesar's and a thoroughly corrupt senate. The greatest wealth was enjoyed by a select few. And the government of that day and age knew of a very simple way to keep the masses in check. Entertainment. "Give them bread and circuses!", was the credo.

Likewise, today are people not placated and satiated by entertainment? As long as we have our cars, electronic gadgets, toys, blockbuster movies etc., people are willing to accept whatever is forced upon them. Look at how $700 billion inexplicably disappearing barely raised an eye in the public.

Give them bread and circuses? Indeed.
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