Bread and Circuses

“… Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two thingsbread and circuses”.. Juvenal

Where are we now, friends? We live in an era where have no vote, because we have no choices. We have no civil heroes, because the civil battlefield is segregated, restricted, bought and paid for. The message is false, because the messengers are polluted. Hope is waning, yet true resistance has not yet begun, and why? We still have bread and circuses.

I have been saying for years that the only reason  there isn’t real trouble in our country, in our civilization- and I mean REAL trouble-, is because people are still eating, and still being entertained. As long as people have full bellies, even with lousy counter-nutritive food, and have television, cell phones, video games, however crass and shallow, they will not rise. They will not resist.

Why should they? People have been taught that government will take care of them. Many have been taught that they are entitled to the property of others. They have been taught that feelings matter more than facts. They have been deprived of the opportunity to learn to think critically, to learn to strive and fail, to rely on themselves. 

So we have much work to do. We do not want the economy to fall apart, for people to suffer. So we must inspire, and set an example. I’m as guilty as anyone of being critical and negative, and I’ll try to stop, as it’s counter-productive. Let’s gently show people their chains, and inspire them with a vision of liberty. 

Our message of liberty, dignity, and individual rights is a positive argument, and can stand on it’s own. People DO want freedom and dominion over themselves, their property and their affairs. Rather than call names, re-post insulting cartoons, and demonize, rather dehumanize, those who disagree, let’s rise to the nobility of our own beliefs and make our arguments clear, positive, and timeless. 

Are you with me?

#4philanderson #libertarian