Opium of the People

Faye Baker
6 min readSep 28, 2022

How the average Joe is going to spend the time till Armageddon.

Getting your daily dose of opium. Photo by Max Harlynking on Unsplash

Karl Marx is famously (miss-)quoted as saying that religion is the opium of the people but these days I wonder if he would revise that dictum to read television is the opium of the people. Not only is it more up to date but it is also more accurate. While religion can certainly tranquillise and numb the populace who follow it, I don’t think it has the same…

Faye Baker

Writer, thinker and inveterate maker. Part-time Cognitive scientist. Retired technical author and software developer. Avid reader about climate and ecosystems.