This best-selling book turned socialism into a middle-class trend in the 1880s
Matt Reimann
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Middle-class people can be sold just about anything by way of ideology: if you told them that “verdifromagic lunarism” (the notion that the moon is made of green cheese) will bring peace and prosperity and resolve the national debt, they’d go for it, so long as they don’t have to get their hands dirty, and the lights keep coming on (though they’re not quite sure how, nor do they give a rat’s ass). No form of tyranny or political repression ever took place without the full cooperation of functionaries, bureaucrats, intellectuals and the other various free-riding placeholders who people the safe, comfortable, advantage-hungry suburbs.