Another image is that of the possibility of economic growth. Ma layan communists, as described by Pye, had acquired a rudimentary image of modem life; they had not yet perceived the available good things as being essentially limitless because subject to creation. They saw a static consumption economy in which there were a certain num ber of good things-most of them possessed by the West. Communism was a way to distribute the wealth by taking from those who had and giving to those who had not. Modernization means, among other things, die acquisition of an image of limitless progress and growth as the normal character of life.