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+Although I was similarly confused, I think I just might be able to explain the Marxism reference in de Botton’s book.
+I think he’s referring to Groucho Marx, who said “I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member”, as de Botton describes in the chapter, with the club being an analogy to the relationship with a person he now finds wants him as a member.
+(I learnt the Groucho Marx quote by chance via Woody Allen movies).
+Whether or not de Botton chooses to call this ‘Marxism’ for fun because political-Marxism is such a fundamental topic in literature, or whether he simply adopts it as a way of saying “Groucho-Marxism”, not sure. Probably both.