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[[!comment format=mdwn
 username="tom.bw@52a1586e3ecf47518df5d3f558161beeab947a9c"
 nickname="tom.bw"
 avatar="https://seccdn.libravatar.org/avatar/97790bb543af24c632f402cc0ebe42f2"
 subject="Marxism reference"
 date="2019-09-21T10:57:48Z"
 content="""
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.

Tom
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