Saturday, December 21, 2013

Full Marx: Groucho or Karl?

It's a funny old world. I was just reading about one Helena Sheehan, a retired professor. She describes herself as a Marxist, but also says she doesn't like naming her worldview 'after a man who lived in the 19th century.' She says her worldview is too complicated for that.

Complicated? I'll say.

Still, she's in good company - Karl Marx is himself credited with saying 'All I know is that I'm not a Marxist.' 

And indeed, perhaps there is true wisdom in her reluctance to go for the full-Marx in her self-description. Wisdom epitomised by the words of another Marx: 'I don’t care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members.'

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