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the opium of the people

That which creates a feeling of false happiness, contentment, or numbness to reality. Adapted from Karl Marx's description of organized religion. But all of this superstition is of course just the opium of the people, designed to make you feel better about the chaos of the world and the fear of death, while remaining in service to an organization that directly benefits from your financial contributions. All of these pieces of technology, these video games, these television shows, they are all just the opium of the people, keeping us blind and numb to the machinations of the corporations and politicians that control everything.
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the opium of the masses

That which creates a feeling of false happiness, contentment, or numbness to reality. Adapted from Karl Marx's description of organized religion. But all of this superstition is of course just the opium of the masses, designed to make you feel better about the chaos of the world and the fear of death, while remaining in service to an organization that directly benefits from your financial contributions. All of these pieces of technology, these video games, these television shows, they are all just the opium of the masses, keeping us blind and numb to the machinations of the corporations and politicians that control everything.
See also: masse, of, opium

the opium of the people

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the opium of the masses

The opium of the people or the opium of the masses is something that makes a lot of people feel happy. He saw religion as the opium of the people. I see the reality show as the new opium of the masses. Note: This phrase was used by Karl Marx to describe religion.
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the opium of the people (or masses)

something regarded as inducing a false and unrealistic sense of contentment among people.
This idiom is a translation of the German phrase Opium des Volks, used by Karl Marx in 1844 in reference to religion.
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Heroin deaths shot up from 1,779 in 2001 to 10,574 in 2014 as Afghan opium poppy fields metastasised from 7,600 hectares in 2001 (when the US-NATO War in Afghanistan began) to 224,000 hectares in 2016.
The illegal but flourishing opium industry in Afghanistan fuels insecurity, instigates violence, incites insurgency and also discourages private and public investment - a major blow to a poor country.
Clinicians should be aware that persons using opium products that appear to have been smuggled through Iran could be at risk for lead poisoning.
It appears to confirm that the shift in the regional drug market to synthetic drugs is well underway, and that the opium economy is being disrupted.
As noted in the survey, opium poppy cultivation has expanded to new regions and strong increases were observed in many provinces.
The goods seized included foreign made cigarettes, opium, Gutka, fabric, electronics.
By his own admission, studies about opium and the formation of regulatory policies have tended to focus on the US and the United Kingdom.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reports that the area under opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has nearly tripled, from 76,000 hectares in 2002 to a record 209,000 hectares (1 hectare is about 2.
The survey, jointly done by the Ministry of Counter Narcotics and UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), reports the southern region has the country's largest share of national opium production with 58 percent recorded, which equals some 1,900 metric tonnes.
He said: "He is a sailor and he managed to smuggle 50kg of Opium using a dhow.
No doubt the opium made many forget their troubles thanks to its main active ingredient: morphine.
Opium and empire in Southeast Asia: Regulating consumption in British Burma
India, July 8 -- Karbonn has launched two new dual-sim entry level smartphones called the Opium N7 and Opium N9.
6kg of opium, worth over Dh50,000 in the black market.
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