Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Demographics and Depression

"Three generations of economists immersed themselves in study of the Great Depression, determined to prevent a recurrence of the awful events of the 1930s. And as our current financial crisis began to unfold in 2008, policymakers did everything that those economists prescribed.

"Following John Maynard Keynes, President Bush and President Obama each offered a fiscal stimulus. The Federal Reserve maintained confidence in the financial system, increased the money supply, and lowered interest rates. The major industrial nations worked together, rather than at cross purposes as they had in the early 1930s.

"In other words, the government tried to do everything right, but everything continues to go wrong. We labored hard and traveled long to avoid a new depression, but one seems to have found us, nonetheless."
The head of the Federal Reserve Board, Ben Bernanke, is one of the world's foremost economic historians of the Great Depression. But is this a crisis outside the lesson book of the Great Depression?
Champions of free markets and fiscal conservatives have been reduced to sitting on the anxious bench agonizing about their marginalization. Started under the Bush administration the panic is in full throttle with Conservative thinkers increasingly recognizing that the movement which claims the smile of Ronald Reagan now looks as grim as it did under the scowl of Barry Goldwater. Do Conservatives have anything new to offer than warmed over platitudes. David P. Goldman, associate editor of First Things wades into some deep, dark waters.


  1. Hi Al! Welcome to the blogosphere! You might remember me as "Larry on a cell phone from Oxford", or from your Bravehearts appearance back in September.

    I'll be adding you to my "Sites of Interest and Information" at my blog. I'll post about your site, too (hopefully before the weekend); I don't know if my blog qualifies as "A Blog That Matters Most", but stop by from time to time and join the fun!

    Here's links to a couple of recent posts to give you a "flavor" of what I focus on:

    No Room For JoyEPA:Pregnant Women Pose Environmental RiskTake care and God bless!

  2. Larry, good to hear from you again. We'll certainly check out your blog. God bless. Al.