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Visions of the FutureThe Distant Past, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow$
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Robert Heilbroner

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780195102864

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102864.001.0001

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Today

Today

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(p.67) 4 Today
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Visions of the Future
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Robert Heilbroner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102864.003.0004

This chapter begins the examination of Today by stressing its difference from Yesterday, but it is no less important to recognize an attribute that links the two together, the continued presence of the three forces that shaped determinants of Yesterday. The steadily widening and deepening presence of a science-centered social viewpoint is everywhere acknowledged today. The intensified process of internationalization directly concerns the conflict between the generalized need for expansion of the capitalist order and the self-defeating outcome of that drive in a world divided into rivalrous political entities. The exercise of political will as an equalizing force in economic affairs seems to have come to a halt nowadays. The mood of Today in the advanced parts of the world is different from what it was Yesterday.

Keywords:   Today, Yesterday, social viewpoint, internationalization, capitalist order, political will, economic affairs

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