My Basest Ingratitude

“[T]he more civilisation advances, the more it is compelled to cover the ills it necessarily creates with the cloak of love, embellish them, or to deny their existence; in short, to introduce conventional hypocrisy…that culminates in the declaration: The exploiting class exploits the oppressed class solely and exclusively in the interest of the exploited class itself; and if the latter fails to appreciate this, and even becomes rebellious, it thereby shows the basest ingratitude to its benefactors, the exploiters.”

Friedrich Engels, The Origin of Family, Private Property, and State, 1884

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