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By Paul Blackledge, Neil Davidson (editors)

Even though Alasdair MacIntyre is better recognized this day because the writer of "After advantage" (1981), he was once, within the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, essentially the most erudite contributors of Britain's Marxist Left: being a militant inside, first, the Communist occasion, after which the recent Left.

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Moreover, elsewhere in ‘Prediction and Politics’, he argued that, far from tending to unite workers into a class for themselves, the division of labour associated with modern capitalism tended to fragment them. There is a sad case for saying that being in an economically strong position today against the employers in certain industries at least, means that the issues on which you are likely to fight and even possibly win are just the issues that are going to divide you from less skilled workers.

See Blackledge 2005b, p. 720. indd xlix 1/22/2008 5:23:53 PM l • Paul Blackledge and Neil Davidson as a mechanical prediction of future events. While it was a tragedy for the Left that MacIntyre did not develop his own insights into the sort of practice necessitated by such a wager, this does not negate the power of his early contribution to Marxism. 106 Since then, while the Left has experienced many defeats, the contemporary anti-capitalist movement has once again placed the idea of the socialist transformation of society on the political agenda.

In fact, MacIntyre extended his political pessimism back into the nineteenth century. For instance, in a series of lectures originally given in 1964, but published some three years later as Secularisation and Moral Change, he argued that Engels had been mistaken in his overly optimistic perspective for the future secularisation of British society, and that this was a corollary of his overly optimistic perspectives for socialism. MacIntyre went on to suggest that ‘the inability of men to discard Christianity is part of their inability to provide any post-Christian means of understanding their situation in the world’.

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