“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 things: bread and circuses.”
“Iam pridem, ex quo suffragia nulli, uendimus, effudit curas;
nam qui dabat olim, imperium, fasces, legiones, omnia, nunc se,
continet atque duas tantum res anxius optat, panem et circenses.”
- Juvenal, Decimus Iknius Iuvenlis, “Satire” 10.77-81
And so it does...