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the “Idiocy of Rural Life” quote

The little phrase “the idiocy of rural life” was rolling around in my head as I started this blog, and I finally decided I should look it up to at least attribute it. I found out that the source is good ol’ Karl Marx, but I also found out that he never really said it in the first place – what he was talking about was rather the isolation of rural life. Read this for a detailed explanation.

A portrait of Karl Marx.

I never said it!

Okay, so the translator manhandled the meaning a little, but the phrase has staying power. And isolation can lead to a little blissful, near-sighted idiocy, no?

I am reminded of a friend who had a very smiley happy baby, and who confessed to me, “We’re worried that she’s not very bright…”