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(Guardian)   The advantage of a British education in the classics: you can drop burns like "Theresa May makes John Major look like Caesar Augustus" and everyone in your circle will know what you mean   (theguardian.com) divider line
    More: Obvious, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Conservative Party, House of Lords, John Major, Tony Blair, Kenneth Clarke, Iain Duncan Smith, Major's government  
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4 days ago  
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4 days ago  
Emily Thornberry is about as English middle-class a name I can imagine.
 
4 days ago  
... I mean, Augustus replaced a real democracy with what amounted to an unconvincing propaganda facade of democracy that was actually a dictatorship, with the process mostly involving a farkton of murders (primarily of political rivals).

If May were allowed to make herself un-removable and have anyone who spoke out against her or voted against Brexit stabbed to death in their own garden she'd probably be having an easier time maintaining power, too.
 
4 days ago  
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You are trying to hard babe.
 
4 days ago  
Yes, but the sodomy leaves something to be desired.
 
4 days ago  
Or, y'know, an 80's high school education, attended by someone who listened. Everything's gotten more expensive and lower quality since then, though, so, I understand.
 
4 days ago  
*snorts*
 
4 days ago  
Translated into American:

"[Lady Romney] makes [George HW Bush] look like [Abraham Lincoln]"
 
4 days ago  

Man with the Red Eyes: Emily Thornberry is about as English middle-class a name I can imagine.


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4 days ago  

FormlessOne: Or, y'know, an 80's high school education, attended by someone who listened. Everything's gotten more expensive and lower quality since then, though, so, I understand.


I'm a bit younger than you, but I still know who John Mayer is, cranky pants.  Not a fan, but respect him as a musician.
 
4 days ago  
"Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand."

-Homer
 
4 days ago  
The headline of this article was amended on 18 December 2018 to specify that "Caesar" referred to Caesar Augustus as is set out the text of the article.

Maybe not subby.
 
4 days ago  

FormlessOne: Or, y'know, an 80's high school education, attended by someone who listened. Everything's gotten more expensive and lower quality since then, though, so, I understand.


False. Everything has always been shiat. It only seems like there's more shiat nowadays because all the shiat from years ago broke years ago.
 
4 days ago  
Comparing someone to Augustus could mean several different things. It depends on what is meant as the alternative.

However, one thing is pretty clear, Augustus was a successful statesman. I don't see any of that going in in UK right now, or here. It's assclowns and Putinsuckers all the way down.
 
4 days ago  
"Et tu, Brute?"

/yeah yeah, I know, Augustus not Gaius
//Roman lineages give me a headache
 
4 days ago  

AirGee: Man with the Red Eyes: Emily Thornberry is about as English middle-class a name I can imagine.

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You win the internet for the day for that reference.

IT'S BOUQUET!
 
4 days ago  
"Well, he said the bloody Treaty of Utrecht was 1713"
 
4 days ago  

Jim_Callahan: ... I mean, Augustus replaced a real democracy with what amounted to an unconvincing propaganda facade of democracy that was actually a dictatorship, with the process mostly involving a farkton of murders (primarily of political rivals).

If May were allowed to make herself un-removable and have anyone who spoke out against her or voted against Brexit stabbed to death in their own garden she'd probably be having an easier time maintaining power, too.


The Republic hadn't been a democracy for decades before Octavian took power. The civil wars between Sulla and Marius and then Caesar and Pompey had already turned Rome into a dictatorship.
 
4 days ago  
Who else had to look up who John Major was?
 
4 days ago  

Aldon: Who else had to look up who John Major was?


In case you only recognize him by sight:

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Ambitwistor: Aldon: Who else had to look up who John Major was?

In case you only recognize him by sight:

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His last album was ok but nowhere near his earlier stuff.
 
4 days ago  
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Man with the Red Eyes: FormlessOne: Or, y'know, an 80's high school education, attended by someone who listened. Everything's gotten more expensive and lower quality since then, though, so, I understand.

I'm a bit younger than you, but I still know who John Mayer is, cranky pants.  Not a fan, but respect him as a musician.


Yeah, yeah, get off my lawn. You're getting sandal prints all over it.
 
4 days ago  
"Major was a shiat Prime Minister, but May is so bad, he looks pretty good by comparison"
 
4 days ago  

Aldon: Who else had to look up who John Major was?


I didn't, but, then again, I ...

* looks up Wikipedia article on John Major *

...was familiar with 90's UK politics.
 
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"Benefits of a classical education...."
 
4 days ago  
cha cha!
 
4 days ago  

Jim_Callahan: ... I mean, Augustus replaced a real democracy with what amounted to an unconvincing propaganda facade of democracy that was actually a dictatorship, with the process mostly involving a farkton of murders (primarily of political rivals).

If May were allowed to make herself un-removable and have anyone who spoke out against her or voted against Brexit stabbed to death in their own garden she'd probably be having an easier time maintaining power, too.


What a "real democracy" might look like:

* The Senate decides who can be a Senator, with the chief requirement being annual income.

* Elections are deliberately gerrymandered so that a majority of the voting population is sequestered into a handful of voting "tribes" and the majority of the votes come from a handful of "tribes" in the pocket of various rich landlords.

* Politicians who attempt reform are literally beaten to death by Senate-paid mobs in the street

* Reformer politicians hire their own mobs to attack the Senate mobs

* Particularly rich Senators begin hiring their own private armies for foreign conquest in their own name

* Said Senators use those armies to put down slave uprisings and maintain domestic order

* Disenfranchised minorities declare war on Rome; fight a long and bloody war against Senatorial armies.

* Senators set themselves up as military dictators over huge swaths of land corresponding to several modern countries, then use those resources to attack each other for supremacy

* Escalating cycle of civil wars as enormous armies, unmatched in size until 1914, slam into each other over and over again for control of the entire Mediterranean across three continents, as dictators and juntas rise and fall as an entire generation is wiped out

* Eventually one Senatorial warlord manages to kill off all the other ones

* Boo that guy ruined democracy, which was going so well
 
3 days ago  
A classical education is more or less just setting up a shared pool of pop-culture references so that everybody's memes make sense.
 
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