“[Marx is saying] economic realities prevent them from finding true happiness in this life, so religion tells them this is OK because they will find true happiness in the next life. The problem is that opiates fail to fix a physical injury — you only forget your pain and suffering. This can be fine, but only if you are also trying to solve the underlying causes of the pain. Similarly, religion does not fix the underlying causes of people’s pain and suffering — instead, it helps them forget why they are suffering and causes them to look forward to an imaginary future when the pain will cease instead of working to change circumstances now. Even worse, this “drug” is being administered by the oppressors who are responsible for the pain and suffering.”
Damore wrote an article that said that he felt his work environment was hostile to his political beliefs, outlined why he was critical of Google's policies and practices, justified his ideas in terms of the good of Google (aka Google's bottom line), and had the misfortune to have the article to go public. It generated bad press for Google, and bad feelings among Google employees. One of his complaints was essentially that he was not allowed to express political ideas that annoyed the majority. Why is it a surprise that he was terminated. A public company is not the appropriate place to express your political views in opposition to others whether you are in the majority or the minority, left or right.