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Decline and Fall?

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Dom Mart
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The Romans had a formula
For national consensus.
We call it "bread and circuses."
They called it "panem et circenses."

Let's not hastily commence
To ridicule the Roman rabble
For being corrupted by cheap food,
Spectacle and mindless babble.

Unless we've been infected with
Chauvinistic euphoria
By TV talk shows, tabloid
News and hamburger emporia,

We should see very clearly
That a vile conspiracy
Has adopted Roman methods
To induce public apathy.

As politicians have their way
And faithfully collect their perks,
We should recall what Romans knew:
Panem et circenses works.
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