By Paul Blackledge, Neil Davidson
Even supposing Alasdair MacIntyre is better recognized this present day because the writer of "After Virtue" (1981), he used to be, within the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties, probably the most erudite contributors of Britaina (TM)s Marxist Left: being a militant inside of, first, the Communist occasion, then the recent Left, and eventually the heterodox Trotskyist foreign Socialism crew. this feature of his essays on Marxism from that interval goals to teach that his younger concept profoundly trained his mature ethics, and that, within the wake of the cave in of the state-capitalist regimes in Russia and japanese Europe, the strong and positive innovative Marxist ethics of liberation he articulated in that interval is arguably as salient to anti-capitalist activists this day because it used to be part a century in the past.
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Blackledge 2004a, p. 14. Blackledge 2004a, p. 39. Chapter 27. indd xxxviii 1/22/2008 5:23:52 PM Introduction: the Unknown Alasdair MacIntyre • xxxix spending on arms simultaneously acted to waste massive amounts of capital that would otherwise contribute to an increasing organic composition of capital and consequently to a decline in the rate of profit. Kidron went on to argue that, while post-war capitalism’s tendencies to crisis were thus mediated, this process could not be relied upon indefinitely.
For, like MacIntyre, the Marxists around International Socialism were at this juncture involved in a project of rethinking the nature of revolutionary leadership. Moreover, like him, their goal was to build upon the ideas of Lenin, Trotsky and Luxemburg without collapsing into the caricatured ultraBolshevism of the SLL. 59 This perspective was, as Shaw suggests, informed by the break made with orthodox Trotskyism by IS’s main theoretician, Tony Cliff. Trotsky had characterised the Soviet Union as a ‘degenerate workers’ state’, and his ‘orthodox’ followers had generalised this model to account 56 57 58 59 Knight 1998, p.
92 The closest MacIntyre came to a contemporary articulation of his differences with IS were aired in the new edition of Marxism: An Interpretation, republished 91 92 O’Hagan 1990, p. 19. ‘Letter to Readers’, International Socialism, First Series, 33, Summer 1968, p. 17. indd xlv 1/22/2008 5:23:53 PM xlvi • Paul Blackledge and Neil Davidson in 1968 under the title of Marxism and Christianity. In this book, MacIntyre’s interesting analysis of the lineages of Marx’s ideas through Feuerbach and German idealism and into Christian theology remained.
Alasdair MacIntyre's Engagement with Marxism: Selected Writings, 1953-1974 (Historical Materialism Book Series, Volume 19) by Paul Blackledge, Neil Davidson