Marx famously said:
The bourgeoisie has subjected the country to the rule of the towns. It has created enormous cities, has greatly increased the urban population as compared with the rural, and has thus rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life. Just as it has made the country dependent on the towns, so it has made barbarian and semi-barbarian countries dependent on the civilised ones, nations of peasants on nations of bourgeois, the East on the West.
Now, the translation from the original is disputed – some argue that “idiocy” really should be “isolation.” But my print copy, the one which all of us read for sure, has the term “idiocy.”
Isn’t it more than ironic that the ONLY communist revolutions happened to have occurred in poor, rural places and not the middle-class urban demos’ that Marx predicted?