Religion is a kind of spiritual intoxicant, in which the slaves of capital drown their humanity and their desires for some sort of decent human existence

Religion is the opium of the people. Religion is a kind of spiritual intoxicant, in which the slaves of capital drown their humanity and their desires for some sort of decent human existence…The class-conscious worker of today, … leaves heaven to the priests and bourgeois hypocrites and fights for a better life for himself, here on earth.

Vladimir Lenin, Religion, New York: International Publishers, 1933, p. 48).

Doesn’t this language sound so old fashioned now in post-Christian Europe? Nowadays cocaine, TV and other endless distractions are the opium of the people.

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