By Alasdair MacIntyre
Even if 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 Sixties, some of the most erudite participants of Britain's Marxist Left: being a militant inside, first, the Communist occasion, after which the hot Left
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80 Concretely, MacIntyre’s disagreement with other leading members of IS in the audience centred on his belief that a much more fundamental transformation in the nature of capitalism had occurred in the post-war years than they were 78 79 80 Hallas 1979, p. 104; cf. Molyneux 1981, p. 182. Solidarity 1965, pp. 22–5. Solidarity 1965, p. 22. This criticism was made by Michael Kidron. indd xli 1/22/2008 5:23:52 PM xlii • Paul Blackledge and Neil Davidson ready to admit. MacIntyre declared in his response to contributions from the floor that he detected ‘a very bad tone in what Kidron and Cliff had said .
72 With the collapse of the first New Left, New Left Review fell into the hands of a small grouping around Perry Anderson who reorganised it as a journal of Marxist theory with little contact to socialist 71 72 Chapter 34; ‘Pascal and Marx’. Thompson 1960a, pp. 68–70. 74 In his ‘Labour Policy and Capitalist Planning’, MacIntyre strongly criticised those socialists who were moving to support Wilson for mistaking his neo-capitalist technocratic strategy as a progressive or even socialistic project.
He suggested that post-war capitalism had been transformed by the ‘conscious, intelligent innovation’ of the bourgeoisie and its representatives: ‘If capitalists had behaved in the forties and fifties as they did in the twenties the apparently mechanical laws of the economy would have issued in slump. But there are no longer slumps for the same reason that the pig-cycle is no longer with us: the changed self-consciousness of the participants’. This proposition created an enormous tension at the heart of MacIntyre’s Marxism; for he had previously insisted that workers’ struggles against their alienation would tend towards socialism in the context of economic crises as explained by Marx in Capital.
Alasdair MacIntyre's engagement with Marxism : selected writings 1953-1974 by Alasdair MacIntyre