people think Marx was being like a reddit atheist when he said religion was the opiate of the masses which is bad. opiates were the primary way they treated pain in his day and if you read the full quote he's saying religion helps treat the pain of living under capitalism

@georgespolitzer like if you look at literally the sentence before "opium of the people" he says

"Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions."

@georgespolitzer @hierarchon Marx was nothing if not a deliberate writer. He can beat a point to death lol

@georgespolitzer I literally never read it this way that's actually really cool

@goat i was on mobile but in the replies someone replied with the full quote--it makes much more sense that way

@georgespolitzer I'm pretty certain I've seen that phrase quoted by centrist atheist neckbeards significantly more than anyone actually left leaning. I'm presuming none of them have ever seen it in context.

@georgespolitzer yeah we view opiates somewhat differently today now that we know how destructive they can be.

@georgespolitzer 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.

The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions.

@georgespolitzer a friend of mine, when she teaches Marx, likes to tell her students that anyone who thinks Marx is saying that religion is bad in this statement has never tried opium

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