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Antagonism is the Opium of the People

Die Religion … ist das Opium des Volkes

Wikipedia gives the basics in terms of origination.

“Religion is the opium of the people” is one of the most frequently paraphrased statements of German economist Karl Marx. It was translated from the German original, “Die Religion … ist das Opium des Volkes” and is often rendered as “religion… is the opiate of the masses.” The quotation originates from the introduction of his proposed work A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right; this work was never written, but the introduction (written in 1843) was published in 1844 in Marx’s own journal Deutsch-Französische Jahrbücher, a collaboration with Arnold Ruge. The phrase “This opium you feed your people” appeared earlier in 1797 in Marquis de Sade’s text L’Histoire de Juliette and Novalis’s “[R]eligion acts merely as an opiate” around the same time. The full quote from Karl Marx translates as: “Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people”. Often quoted, the interpretation of the metaphor in its context has received much less attention. [1]

It is, of course, still quite valid. Still, in 2015, it’s kinda difficult to find a human being who doesn’t literally believe in the equivalent of flying unicorns that fart rainbows. I call it all doG for metaphorical shorthand. Thankfully, it’s become far more hilarious than worrisome…and lafable for me too, in recent years…because I talk to lots of young people every chance I get.

Do you talk to a lot of young people, like honestly? If you don’t, then you have no idea of what’s absolutely coming your way.

…Circling back, did you notice that this valid Marxist formulation was all like, a long time ago, like 1800s & shit?

Butt-Fuck: now, half of what you SEE on TEEVEE is about lesbian, gay, bi, transsexual (LGBT) stuff. IOW, the kinda stuff that pretty much makes all doGs roll in their clouds.

What gives?

Religion is established, institutional…wears a very nice tighty nighty for the political elites. It’s the Bedfellows metaphor the metaphor was made for.

You get to have your rainbow-farting, flying unicorns. They can even be black…or transexual.

What you don’t get to do is to not have your antagonism over all of it, with your fellow human beings.

That antagonism—running 24/7 on Fox, CNN, MSNBC—is the life blood of a decrepit and dying paradigm of opium via human antagonism.

Get high while it lasts.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More

5 Comments

  1. Thomas on January 28, 2015 at 10:58

    I honestly think that if people endeavored to be more science literate, and begin to understand how marvelously complex and vast the universe is in and of itself, that maybe they would realize no doG is required to accept it as a brute fact. (The universe, I mean.) But ah, the evolutionary spandrels of Theory of Mind, Causal Reasoning, and Patternicity (nod to Michael Shermer).

    • Chris on February 4, 2015 at 10:06

      Science is neither religious nor anti-religious. It is it’s own thing. Granted, religion can be (and often is) anti-science, but it’s not a requirement.

    • Richard Nikoley on February 4, 2015 at 12:15

      Whose “science,” Chris? Do you still harbor illusions over what some people call whatever activity they are engaged in?

    • Thomas on February 10, 2015 at 08:10

      “Religious” invokes the non-natural (I refuse to use the term supernatural, it ascribes too much legitimacy to such nonsense). Science invokes only natural laws. Science can observe, measure, and then test/verify observations and measurements, but only of the natural world/universe. Religion can do none of that, so it is an impotent concept. And I think your comment is pretty close to a false dichotomy, but I could be wrong. Logical fallacies are sometimes overlapping in definition, and very often downright abstruse.

  2. Prayer To Darwin: Deal With The Celiacs, Please | Anarchy Begins At Home on February 5, 2015 at 10:45

    […] up, the rest of the world ought to be taking away its keys; and yet, the opposite is going on. The entire world’s opium-antagonism now is focussed on these United Fucktarded States; and far, far too many people are giving it a […]

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