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By Paul Blackledge, Neil Davidson

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Even supposing Alasdair MacIntyre is healthier identified this day because the writer of "After Virtue" (1981), he used to be, within the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties, essentially the most erudite contributors of Britaina (TM)s Marxist Left: being a militant inside of, first, the Communist social gathering, then the hot Left, and eventually the heterodox Trotskyist overseas Socialism workforce. this feature of his essays on Marxism from that interval goals to teach that his younger proposal profoundly educated his mature ethics, and that, within the wake of the cave in of the state-capitalist regimes in Russia and japanese Europe, the robust and positive innovative Marxist ethics of liberation he articulated in that interval is arguably as salient to anti-capitalist activists this day because it was once part a century in the past.

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Goldmann 1964, p. 301. indd xxxvi 1/22/2008 5:23:52 PM Introduction: the Unknown Alasdair MacIntyre • xxxvii a wager on the revolutionary potential of the proletariat. MacIntyre accepted this argument, and indeed deepened it when he wrote that ‘one cannot first understand the world and only then act on it. How one understands the world will depend in part on the decision implicit in ones already taken actions. 71 To label MacIntyre’s wager dogmatic is thus to miss the point: one way or another, we all make the wager, and those who do not bet on the proletariat are compelled to retreat back to the tragic vision: if we reject Marx, then we are doomed, therefore, to fall back into one form or another of the incommensurable ethical perspectives dominant within bourgeois society.

Knight pokes fun at MacIntyre’s politics of this period, writing that after leaving the Communist Party, ‘MacIntyre first joined a dogmatically Trotskyist group. Then . . he joined another, less dogmatic one’. 58 Contra Knight, MacIntyre’s shift in political allegiance in 1960 was significant. 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.

Hook, From Hegel to Marx: Studies in the Intellectual Development of Karl Marx, Victor Gollancz, London 1936, p. 74, note 1 and J. Rees, The Algebra of Revolution: the Dialectic and the Classical Marxist Tradition, Routledge, London and New York 1998, p. 60, note 135. indd lv 1/22/2008 5:23:54 PM lvi • A Note on the Selection and Annotation the wrong article and this is noted and the correct details entered. In another, (a reference to a book by Clement Attlee in Chapter 30, ‘Labour Policy and Capitalist Planning’) he misidentifies The Labour Party in Perspective as The Future of the Labour Party.

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