The phrase "bread and circuses," coined by a Roman satirist who said the commoners had to be provided food to prevent their rioting and public spectacles to distract them from Augustus' tyranny, rings true today—with a key difference.
Apparently it's other countries, not the U.S., that have oligarchs.
Let me offer a hint: The ruling class is far wealthier than the rest in this political system.
In this interview with Vermont Public Radio's Neal Charnoff, "Empire of Illusion" author and Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges emphasizes what makes his book's argument different from that of the stereotypical elder who disapproves of emerging artistic and cultural forms: "I'm not attacking culture, I'm attacking corporatism," he tells Charnoff. (continued)