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Chapter V

The World War

DURING THE BOISTEROUS YEARS OF MY YOUTH NOTHING USED TO DAMP MY WILD spirits so much as to think that I was born at a time when the world had manifestly decided not to erect any more temples of fame except in honour of business people and State officials. The tempest of historical achievements seemed to have permanently subsided, so much so that the future appeared to be irrevocably delivered over to what was called peaceful competition between the nations. This simply meant a system of mutual exploitation by fraudulent means, the prin-