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Privacy and Power
The Throne Behind the Power

Attitudes about privacy have changed through the centuries, with much of that change coming very recently when most of the western world has become prosperous enough to afford it. National rulers and others wielding great power play by a different set of rules. This includes not caring about privacy while using the toilet. This goes back to the Bronze Age and continued through medieval times, but recent leaders such as U.S. President Lyndon Johnson have practiced Bronze-Age-style toilet habits.

The one theme constant from Old Testament times to today is that one of the privileges of great power or high social station is the lack of concern for privacy. It wasn't so much about privacy as it was about power and privilege.

Actions or situations that might be distasteful or embarrassing for commoners were not to those in power. Royalty and nobility could behave however they pleased.

This same "open toilet policy" for aides and emissaries continued at least as late as the 1963-1969 administration of the U.S. president Lyndon Baines Johnson.

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Today's Featured Latrine
These nice marbled topped toilets are in the public latrine at Έφεσος or Ephesus in western Asia Minor, today's Turkey. Ephesus was one of the Roman Empire's major cities. Major political and business deals would have made in this communal atmosphere.

See pictures of New Testament era toilets in Ephesus, Hierapolis, and Corinth, and read about how attitudes about privacy have changed through the centuries in Privies, Privacy and Power. Lyndon Johnson had some toilet habits that go back to the Romans and beyond that to Mesopotamian potentates of the second millennium BC!
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Who is the Toilet Guru?
Bob Cromwell seated on the ancient public toilets in Ephesus.

Who is the Toilet Guru? Is he obsessed? What is it like to be the Toilet Guru? Why does this site exist?

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