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By Luciano Pellicani

Why is it that during the West—and purely within the West—there has been a transition from a static to a self-propulsive financial system? via what mixture of conditions has a contemporary commercial society come into being? What mixture of situations has made attainable the worldwide growth of Europe? Luciano Pellicani solutions those questions via exhibiting firstly the sterile and deceptive personality of the 2 major theories that have hiterto ruled the talk in regards to the genesis of capitalism: Marx' conception of unique accumulation and Weber's concept of the Protestant ethic. in this case, utilizing the equipment of comparative marcrosociology, Pellicani develops a speculation initially entertained through either Marx and Weber, wherein the secret of capitalist society is solved by way of collective topics, structural elements and old stipulations that prompted the mechanisms of an enduring capitalist revolution. the result's a desirable reconstruction of the extreme experience which led Europe to the good Transformation and, via it, the development of a qualitatively new form of civilization, predicated on ratio, acquisitive-competitive individualism and experimentation in all fields—a civilization showing a unprecedented expansionist strength and, as a result of it, inherently imperialistic, whose using establishment has been, and continues to be, the marketplace.

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He insisted upon the historical justification and necessity of this stage of development. His very lack of a historical sense of the past meant that he regarded everything from the historical standpoint of his time. Malthus also wanted to see the freest possible development of capitalist production ... but at the same time he wants it to adapt itself to the 'consumption needs' of the aristocracy and its branches in State and Church, to serve as the material basis for the antiquated claims of the representatives of interests inherited from feudalism and the absolute monarchy.

He was not deterred by empirical evidence, and he had no sense of debt to history. His normative analytics allowed him to see the possibility for changing and improving reality, rather than just understanding and accepting it. Like August Losch (another great normative thinker) Ricardo could take the view that 'if my model does not conform to reality then it is reality that is wrong' (Losch 1954: 363). Ricardo could project upon the world a working model of capitalist society constructed in the image of an idealized social harmony achieved through the benificence of rational economic man.

Ricardo 1951a: 106) Like Malthus he argues that: The principle of gravitation is not more certain than the tendency of such laws to change wealth and power into misery and weakness; t? ~all away the exertions of labour from every object, except that of provIdmg mere subsistence' to confound all intellectual distinction; to busy the mind in supplying the body's wants; until at last all classes should be infected with the plague of universal poverty. (Malthus 1951a: 108) Further he warns that: 'if we should attain the stationary state, from which I'trust we are yet far distant, then the pernicious nature of these laws become more manifest and alarming' (Ricardo 1951a: 109).

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