What’s a Plebeian?

8 July 2021

The word plebeian (or pleb for short) comes from ancient Rome. Plebeians are citizens of common descent; they’re undeserving commoners.

The title has two more derogatory meanings – one implying that those commoners don’t possess horses, meaning that they would be enlisted into the infantry in case of war. 

Another meaning implies that those commoners could easily be manipulated by governors, who could quickly make those citizens feel happy by simply providing them with enough food and entertainment – such as public shows – mainly to distract their attention from real political problems.

In all modern European languages, the word plebeian retains at least two of its derogatory meanings – in the sense of “undeserving,” and in a sense “could be easily cheated” – i.e., implying that the mouths of such modern plebeians could be easily shut up by a hamburger and by an abundance of crappy TV shows. 

Sound familiar?

It's easy to control plebeians: brainwash them and then guide them like lemmings to the cliff edge with mandates and other unenforceable 'made-up' rules, no matter how stupid. Today's plebs stand out: they have covers over their mouths and noses.