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The Roman emperors knew how to keep their subjects happy and complacent while they stripped away the freedoms they enjoyed under the early Republic. They called it “bread and circuses”—meaning, give away free grain and throw lavish games in the arenas, and everyone will be too engorged and too engrossed to notice what you’re up to.

The leaders of the modern era have turned this principle into a science, terming it “the engineering of consent”. Here’s a brilliant summation of the ways global mind control not only enslaves you, but actually makes you happy about it. Something to think about next time you’re binge-watching the latest hot TV series, or popping another dose of your favorite antidepressant, or falling down the rabbit hole of social media—or anything else that provides instant, mindless pleasure so that you don’t lift your head and notice what’s going on in your own backyard.