16 August 2006
Bread and Circuses
There were two pieces of news today. One was very important as it showed another increase in the distance between CEO Salaries and that of the average worker. The other was the confession by someone in Thailand to the ten year old murder of Jon Benet Ramsay.
The mainstream media gave us wall to wall coverage of the arrest and a rehash of the original murder and the subsequent ten years complete with "knowledgeable" panalists. The other story of the rape of the middle class was not mentioned at all. Towards the end of the Roman Empire, various groups were bought off with bread and circuses so that they wouldn't pay attention to what the wealthy and powerful were doing. Has America now entered the stage where the general public is so ignorant, uninvolved or cynical that they no longer care or simply do as they are told according to their group's talking points?
Does the modern version of "Bread and Circuses" with things such as the Ramsay case signal the end of America as a republic or even democracy? It took Rome a long time to die. The British Empire took a little less time. The United States may set the speed record of all time unless the public starts to wake up to the predatory actions of politicians and corporations at the expense of the functional middle class.