WASHINGTON — The Great Depression of the 1930s was the most momentous economic event of the 20th century. It was a proximate cause of World War II, having fed the Nazis’ rise in Germany. It inspired a new American welfare system as a response to mass misery. Everywhere, it discredited unsupervised capitalism. Given today’s economic crisis, our renewed fascination with the Depression is natural. But we ought not stretch the parallels too far.
Samuelson: Our Unhealthy Depression Obsession
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