From the book Freak the Mighty what does this quote mean? "...the opiate of the masses"nope
There is a famous quote from Karl Marx that says that religion is the opiate of the masses. However, in this book, the phrase is "opiate of the massives." Freak gets it a little bit wrong.
Instead of religion, Freak is talking about TV. He says that it is the opiate of the masses. What this means is that it is a drug that lulls them into being dull and not really caring about things. (That's because an opiate is a drug like opium or morphine that serves to dull a person's senses.) He says that "massives" are fat heads and that TV is their opiate.