It must seem that way if you live in Selma, California like the Road Warrior Victor Davis Hanson although I have difficulty imagining that it is as bad there as it is today in Selma, Alabama:
“Sometimes societies find themselves in pernicious cycles in which the perceived medicine seems worse than the known disease. The Roman satirist Juvenal lamented the ill effects of free food and free entertainment for the masses (“bread and circuses”) in part because he knew there was no remedy for the pathology in sight — and thus only a slow decline toward fiscal insolvency or riots were on the horizon. Any Roman emperor bold enough to rein in the Praetorian Guard, charge the mob for grain, and curb gladiatorial shows would earn a usurper marching on Rome from the provinces. So most did not.”
Note: The Roman Juvenal shouldn’t be confused with the Louisiana rap artist Juvenile if you are joining us off Twitter.