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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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Similarly, ANF Peshawar conducted 10 operations in different areas and recovered seven kg Heroin, 1.2 kg hashish, one kg hashish, 2.450 kg methamphetamine (Ice), 2.4 kg hashish, 972 grams methamphetamine (Ice), eight kg opium, seven kg heroin, 916 grams methamphetamine (Ice), 1.675 kg heroin, 1.075 kg hashish, 500 grams hashish and netted Akhtar Nazim, Razmat Shah, Amad Zeb, Syed Umair Shah, Noor Islam, Khyber Gul, Khial Din, Gul Zaman, Fateh Khan, Sharif Khan, Zahid Khan and Sher Afzal.
It comes after Mr Stewart told the Telegraph that the opium "had no effect" on him "because I was walking 25-30 miles a day".
ANF Peshawar in eight operations recovered 1.180 kg Hashish, 1.780 kg Opium, 1.2 kg opium, 3.6 kg hashish, 1.1 kg hashish, 1.2 kg hashish, 700 grams heroin, 800 grams hashish, one kg hashish and 1.2 kg hashish besides arresting Mohammad Zubair, Tousif Khan, Tahir Iqbal, Arif Khan, Mohammad Raees, Zafar ul Haq, Sabir Hussain, Ibrahim Khan and Laiq Shah.
One of the reasons the Chinese were not welcome was the perception that opium smoking was widespread in various Chinatowns.
Initial analysis by scientists at the British Museum showed that the juglet residue was mostly composed of a plant oil but hinted at the presence of opium alkaloids.
To date, the UN has enlisted 300 farmers in Laos, and 1,000 in Myanmar to grow the beans, many of them current or former opium growers.
In the words of former US army commander Gen John Nicholson, the plan is to 'hit the Taliban where it hurts; their finances', and 'nearly 200 million of this opium industry goes into the Taliban's bank accounts and this ...
Its opium became a treasured export in the 1960s and 70s as heroin hit the streets of America and drug money became entwined in the United States' doomed anti-communist fight.
Similar problems were noted when the US tired using herbicides to curb opium production, which was also a very unpopular move.
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), opium accounts for more than 15 percent of Afghanistan's GDP.
The amount of opium consumed by opium users varies widely; published estimates range from 0.6 g/day (3) to >100 g/day (4).
Opium production in Afghanistan increased by 87 per cent to a record level of 9,000 metric tons in 2017 compared with 2016 levels, according to the latest Afghanistan Opium Survey figures released today by the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
The report, released by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), has confirmed that the area cultivated in Afghanistan for the production of opium increased by 10 percent this year.
When Good Drugs Go Bad: Opium, Medicole, and the Origins of Canada's Drug Laws, by Dan Malleck.