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'Historical materialism is the theory of the proletarian revolution.' Georg Lukács

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Lenin's Tomb on Alasdair MacIntyre

While this blog goes through something of a hiatus, I guess people may be interested to read this blog post about the early Marxism of moral philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre. I have nothing to really comment about MacIntyre, but this snippet from Tariq Ali, reminiscing about the year 1968 in an obituary of Peter Gowan, is quite amusing:

I offered Peter [Gowan] his first job as Distribution Manager of the new Black Dwarf. He moved to London immediately, found a squat, and took to his task with gusto, delivering copies of the paper to bookshops in a beat-up van. My fondest memory of him from that period is his returning to our Soho offices at 7 Carlisle Street (a floor below the New Left Review) one day and laughing with delight. That issue had carried an acerbic piece by Robin Blackburn defending Herbert Marcuse against Alasdair MacIntyre, who had written an ultra-critical political biography of the us-based German Marxist for Fontana Modern Masters. We found a photograph of Marcuse, his fist raised as he stood on a platform with Black Panther members. The piece was titled: ‘MacIntyre, The Game is Up’. Peter had just delivered the issue to Collets, the radical bookstore on Charing Cross Road that took a hundred Dwarfs each fortnight. As he was about to leave he saw the great philosopher stride through the door. MacIntyre went straight to the pile, lifted a copy and began to flick through until he came to the offending headline. Peter described watching him as he pored over Blackburn’s assault, turned puce, threw the paper back on the pile and walked out. We were thrilled. It was rare to witness the immediate impact of a text on its target.

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At 2:01 pm, Blogger Fredrik Coulter said...

I found your blog using the Next Blog button. I tend to disagree with most of what you say, but I'm not commenting on that. I'm commenting because I couldn't find a way to send you a private message. You may wish to add some space above the name of your blog; it's overwritten by the blogger menu bar so it can't be read. (In other words, just a technical comment.)

 
At 4:26 pm, Blogger Snowball said...

Ok - thanks Frederick - not sure if I have the technical abilities to do that but will have a go sometime...

if people want to email me they can do so on histomat@hotmail.co.uk though I only check that account about once every few months so don't expect a quick response...

 
At 7:24 am, Anonymous Jay said...

Oh, good read, thanks for the sharing.

 
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At 6:16 pm, Blogger john said...

Just reading the Neil Davidson and Blackledge edited tome. Very, very impressive. I turned puce on reading your blog!

 

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