By Paul Blackledge, Neil Davidson (editors)
Even supposing Alasdair MacIntyre is better identified at the present time because the writer of "After advantage" (1981), he was once, within the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, some of the most erudite individuals of Britain's Marxist Left: being a militant inside of, first, the Communist celebration, after which the hot Left.
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Extra info for Alasdair MacIntyre's Engagement with Marxism: Selected Writings 1953-1974 (Historical Materialism Book Series)
105–9. Thompson 1960a, pp. 68–70. 84 This left a gaping hole at the centre of his political theory. 85 By contrast with these models, MacIntyre’s one-sided stress on the spontaneous movement of the working class, while inadequate in any period of struggle, was doubly so in periods such as the 1960s, when workers’ struggles remained sectional and did not to point in any obvious way towards socialism. The tension created between the optimism of Socialisme ou Barbarie’s spontaneist-humanist interpretation of Marxism, and MacIntyre’s pessimistic assessment of the concrete content of sectional struggles on the part of the working class, was eventually resolved when MacIntyre broke with Marxism.
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, on the one hand, the rise in the organic composition of capital had been slowed, but not stopped; while, on the other hand, the arms burden was shared disproportionately across the West, such that Germany and Japan, for example, could expand at the expense of Britain and the USA.
Especially pp. 142–56. indd liii 1/22/2008 5:23:54 PM liv • A Note on the Selection and Annotation history. References are therefore a necessary aid to the reader in mapping out the lost cultural world of the British New Left. The vast majority of the footnotes in this collection have therefore been added by Neil Davidson. Where MacIntyre quotes from works which were only subsequently translated into English, such as Sartre’s L’Être et le néant or Marx’s Grundrisse, he has used the standard English translation.