Sociologists have been analysing the transition from the so-called Fordist model into another one named Toyotism. This process culminates in a return to a class structure before the socially reformed capitalism. Labour depreciates, and wage-earners tend to lose their social entitments. The state that used to be a counterveiling power to capital, now stands on the side of increasing class exploitation. The author argues that the left must seek the way by linking basis democracy to internationalisation.