By Paul Blackledge, Neil Davidson (editors)
Even supposing Alasdair MacIntyre is better identified this present day because the writer of "After advantage" (1981), he was once, within the Fifties and Sixties, probably the most erudite individuals of Britain's Marxist Left: being a militant inside, first, the Communist occasion, after which the recent Left.
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2; cf. Knight 2007, p. 119. Thompson 1960b, p. 22. McMylor 1994, p. 8. Shaw 1978, p. 104. indd xxxiii 1/22/2008 5:23:51 PM xxxiv • Paul Blackledge and Neil Davidson for the essentially similar régimes created in Eastern Europe and China after the War – ‘deformed workers’ states’. By contrast, Cliff insisted that it was nonsense to suggest that a workers’ state could be realised without a workers’ revolution. 60 According to Alex Callinicos, Cliff’s theory of bureaucratic state capitalism afforded his Marxism a number of advantages over orthodox Trotskyism in the post-war period.
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. indd li 1/22/2008 5:23:54 PM lii • A Note on the Selection and Annotation to the most obviously ‘classic’ essays which formed the basis of MacIntyre’s early reputation, such as Chapter 5 (‘Notes from the Moral Wilderness’) and Chapter 14 (‘Breaking the Chains of Reason’).
Read in this context, MacIntyre’s shift from the SLL to the IS is best conceptualised as a moment in the process through which he deepened his understanding of the concrete implications of his radicalism: first, after his break with the CPGB he moved to the New Left, then towards a form of Trotskyism, and then towards a more vibrant interpretation of Marxism. 66 MacIntyre made explicit his heterodox interpretation of Trotskyism in a review, first published in 1963, of the third volume of Isaac Deutscher’s biography of Trotsky.
Alasdair MacIntyre's Engagement with Marxism: Selected Writings 1953-1974 (Historical Materialism Book Series) by Paul Blackledge, Neil Davidson (editors)