"PUT off that mask of burning gold
With emerald eyes."
"O no, my dear, you make so bold
To find if hearts be wild and wise,
And yet not cold."
"I would but find what’s there to find,
Love or deceit."
"It was the mask engaged your mind,
And after set your heart to beat,
Not what’s behind."
"But lest you are my enemy,
I must enquire."
"O no, my dear, let all that be;
What matter, so there is but fire
In you, in me?"
The History Cooperative | Conference Proceedings | Interactions: Regional Studies, Global Processes, and Historical Analysis | Regions and Interaction Networks: a World-Systems PerspectivePosted: August 31, 2008
All systems, including even very small and egalitarian ones, exhibit cyclical expansions and contractions in the spatial extent and intensity of exchange networks. We call this sequence of trade expansion and contraction pulsation. Different kinds of trade (especially bulk goods trade vs. prestige goods trade) usually have different spatial characteristics. It is also possible that different sorts of trade exhibit different temporal sequences of expansion and contraction. It should be an empirical question in each case as to whether or not changes in the volume of exchange correspond to changes in its spatial extent. In the modern global system large trade networks cannot get larger because they are already global in extent. But they can get denser and more intense relative to smaller networks of exchange. A good part of what has been called globalization is simply the intensification of larger interaction networks relative to the intensity of smaller ones. This kind of integration is often understood to be an upward trend that has attained its greatest peak in recent decades of so-called global capitalism. But research on trade and investment shows that there have been two recent waves of integration, one in the last half of the nineteenth century and the most recent since World War II.
Rands and Lucy try to tell us about the Reality the World.
They understand the Reality of the World more than most people do.
The Reality of the World is that many people take it too seriously.
Lucy and Rands know that and they try tell us about it.
Not so long ago, some people took the Reality of the World seriously enough to cause trouble for Lucy and Rands. So Lucy and Rands got banned from the World.
The World needs people to tell them not to take things too seriously.
Rands and Lucy are back now to help us with that. One of the Realities of the World is that pugs like corn on the cob as well as many other things.
I am proud to be their friend.
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