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Monday, December 12, 2011

The D word

There it is. And right in the most mainstream of the mainstream newspapers:
It’s time to start calling the current situation what it is: a depression. True, it’s not a full replay of the Great Depression, but that’s cold comfort. Unemployment in both America and Europe remains disastrously high. Leaders and institutions are increasingly discredited. And democratic values are under siege.
Krugman is just wrong about one thing here. It's not a full replay of the Great Depression, it's a bigger, wider, and deeper one. Which, of course, is why I described it as the Great Depression 2.0 two years ago in The Return of the Great Depression.

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