The Beat Of Visions :The Challenging Features Of A New Global Mode Of Production
This paper explores how the visions of a future global political economy might shape its actual emergence. The emergence of powerful visions themselves seems to follow a pattern of discrete steps in historical time; it follows a beat of emancipation. In Europe the fundamental note was provided by the vision of enlightenment after the Dark Ages, which were kept in an ideological stalemate by religions. The beat of Luther's early protestant secularization, Smith's paleo-liberalism, Marx' communism, micro-theological marginalism (Walras, Menger and Jevons), and Keynes' collection of singular outposts of a more global design - this succession of forceful visions enabled and accompanied the explosion of population, output, and thus of possible visions of the last 60 years.