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    Marx and the Opiate of the Masses

    Marx famously referred to religion as the opiate of the masses. And in many ways, he was right about that. However, his real problem wasn't with religion per se, but with religions who were in competition with his own Marxist religion. For him, the problem with an institution like the Catholic Church wasn't that its followers possessed faith in the divine, its problem was that it took followers away from Marx's God, the state.

    Just a theory, of course.

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    Marx was a pretty smart cookie for an unemployed, alcoholic Jew!

    Didn't he say something about capitalism eventually devouring itself thru greed?

    I find that prophetic!
    As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. --H.L. Mencken,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Strangelove View Post
    Marx was a pretty smart cookie for an unemployed, alcoholic Jew!

    Didn't he say something about capitalism eventually devouring itself thru greed?

    I find that prophetic!
    How?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Strangelove View Post
    Marx was a pretty smart cookie for an unemployed, alcoholic Jew!

    Didn't he say something about capitalism eventually devouring itself thru greed?

    I find that prophetic!

    Socialism has been desperately trying to redefine itself ever since that failed prediction--the US v Soviet Union, South v North Korea. One such revision is social democracy where the fruits of capitalism are used for socialist agendas--Bernie Sanders. A later revision has been postmodern identity politics--Charlottesville.
    Edmund Burke: "In vain you tell me that Artificial Government is good, but that I fall out only with the Abuse. The Thing! the Thing itself is the Abuse!"

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