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~Bread & Circuses {See The Parallels In Current Times?}~

In a political context, the phrase means to generate public approval, not by excellence in public service or public policy, but by diversion, distraction or by satisfying the most immediate or base requirements of a populace — by offering a palliative: for example food (bread) or entertainment (circuses).

The government of Rome took measures to distract and control the masses of Rome by providing free games, races, fake battles, and the gladiator contests.

The term “bread and circuses” is used to describe efforts by those in power to retain the favor of the masses, or the common man, by bribing and distracting them with free gifts and amusements..

See the parallels in our current times?