After being accused of all manner of things, from being a bourgeois swindler of workers to master-minding global revolts, especially the Paris Commune, Marx reflects in a letter to Ludwig Kugelmann (1871):

Up till now it has been thought that the growth of the Christian myths during the Roman Empire was possible only because printing was not yet invented. Precisely the contrary. The daily press and the telegraph, which in a moment spreads inventions over the whole earth, fabricate more myths (and the bourgeois cattle believe and enlarge upon them) in one day than could have formerly been done in a century (MECW 44: 176-77).

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