The principal purpose of this article is to
develop some of the groundwork for the analysis of the post-1945 economic boom
that was sketched out in International Review n°133 under the title
"State capitalism and the war economy".
Our contention is that it is capitalism's driving forces which determine both the extraordinary dynamism of s
ascendant period, impelling it from its beginnings in the city-states of
Italy and Flanders to the creation of the first planetary society, and the
enormous destructiveness of capitalism's decadent period that has subjected
humanity to two world wars whose barbarity would have made Genghis Khan blench,
and which today threaten our species' very existence.