By Paul Blackledge, Neil Davidson (editors)
Even supposing Alasdair MacIntyre is healthier identified at the present time because the writer of "After advantage" (1981), he used to be, within the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, probably the most erudite contributors of Britain's Marxist Left: being a militant inside, first, the Communist get together, after which the recent Left.
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Extra resources for Alasdair MacIntyre's Engagement with Marxism: Selected Writings 1953-1974 (Historical Materialism Book Series)
83 Thompson’s was a powerful point; for MacIntyre’s defence of the need to build a revolutionary party, organised along democratic-centralist lines that would act to lead the proletariat, while innocent of the ultra-vanguardist verbiage associated with the leadership of the SLL, suffered from an obverse problem; it only weakly addressed the problem of political practice within the working class. In fact, in MacIntyre’s conception of its role, the party seemed limited to giving theoretical focus to the spontaneous movement 81 82 83 Solidarity 1965, pp.
Indd xlix 1/22/2008 5:23:53 PM l • Paul Blackledge and Neil Davidson as a mechanical prediction of future events. While it was a tragedy for the Left that MacIntyre did not develop his own insights into the sort of practice necessitated by such a wager, this does not negate the power of his early contribution to Marxism. 106 Since then, while the Left has experienced many defeats, the contemporary anti-capitalist movement has once again placed the idea of the socialist transformation of society on the political agenda.
His critique of Che Guevara in Chapter 41 (‘Marxism of the Will’), for example, is essentially conducted from a classical-Marxist perspective. We have not included everything that meets our criteria. The splendid series of one- or two-paragraph book reviews that MacIntyre wrote for International Socialism in the early 1960s are a model of concision, but would scarcely constitute individual chapters, and other potential contenders have been excluded for inclusion are simply occasional pieces, written to order and of little permanent value.