"Politics, culture, science, ideas and social existence are not just economics in disguise, as some neuroscientists hold that the mind is just the brain in disguise. They have their own reality, evolve their own histories and operate by their own inner logic. They are not just the pale reﬂection of something else. They also powerfully shape the mode of production itself. The trafﬁc between economic ‘‘base’’ and social ‘‘superstructure,’’ is not just one way." - Terry Eagleton (Why Marx Was Right)
Close to four centuries ago, Voltaire observed that if we believe in absurdities, we shall commit atrocities and that praying to God was to flatter oneself that with words one can alter nature. For Voltaire, religion was the invention of the first fraud who came across an idiot. Generations and centuries later many men the world over, most of them much less articulate, are still having to make the exact same case. Worse, the existing hegemony tends to make them use jargonized, even intellectually dishonest phrasing. It is a rather remarkable circumstance.