Bread and Circuses, Weed and Football: How They Keep You In Control

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“Heavy physical work, the care of home and children, petty quarrels with neighbors, films, football, beer, and above all, gambling filled up the horizon of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult…. All that was required of them was a primitive patriotism which could be appealed to whenever it was necessary to make them accept longer working hours or shorter rations. And when they became discontented, as they sometimes did, their discontentment led nowhere, because being without general ideas, they could only focus it on petty specific grievances.” -Geoge Orwell, 1984

This is how the elites keep you in control.

Movies about superheroes, rom coms, and horror movies keep people distracted and focused on imaginary topics rather than real issues. Ditto that for TV shows.

Meanwhile, professional sports are the “circuses” of our time. Rather than focus on the state of the Empire, Romans got excited and distracted watching gladiators battle it out in the Colosseum or chariots race in the Circus Maximus. Similarly, today, far more Americans can tell you who their home state’s quarterback is, or perhaps their favorite NBA player, than can tell you the name of their Congressman and two Senators, much less what legislation is moving through the houses of Congress or what the US is doing abroad. They watch sports but don’t read, research fantasy football decisions but not topics of note, and even seem to care more about sports than their country.

And while Orwell mentions beer, drugs have become the numbing agent of choice for Americans. Plenty of people are kept docile by beer and liquor, but alcohol can help people find the courage to stand up for themselves. We could all use an extra shot or two before dealing with agents of the tyrannical state. But marijuana, that’s a docility-inducing drug. Don’t you think there was a reason states kept weed dispensaries open while closing churches and small businesses? The elites are using drug legalization to keep the proles quiet.

If you’re high and distracted, they can keep you in control. The oligarchs don’t have to worry about you if you’re blazing up and focusing on what the Hulk or Lebron James are doing on the screen rather than what they’re doing (or not doing) in Iraq or on the border.

As they erase our history to prove themselves correct, you won’t notice because your mind will be full of drugs or distracted by a new Marvel movie.

You might have some random issue or two with the government that you stumble upon, but thanks to a clouded head and general sense of contentment with an average life, you’ll have trouble connecting the dots or fighting back.

Ditch the bread and circuses. Focus on real issues and remain clear-headed. Then you’ll be free and outside their talons.

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