Bread And Circuses

Offerings, such as benefits or entertainments, intended to placate discontent or distract attention from a policy or situation.

Juvenal on the Roman Empire: "Two things only the people anxiously desire - bread and circuses." The government kept the Roman populace happy by distributing free food and staging huge Spectacle-s.

  • [alternate]( Circ.htm) version: Now that no one buys our votes, the public has long since cast off its cares; the people that once bestowed commands, consulships, legions and all else, now meddles no more and longs eagerly for just two things - bread and circuses.

even a Star Trek episode

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