By Arkady Petrov
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - "Bread and games" (from Latin: panem et circenses) is a metonymic phrase critiquing superficial appeasement.
In a political context, the phrase means to generate public approval, not by excellence in public service or public policy, but by diversion, distraction or by satisfying the most immediate or base requirements of a populace.
Brazil's president Jair Bolsonaro announced on Wednesday that Rio de Janeiro will host the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2020. This can also be seen in this context.