Lessons of the Great Depression
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Don’t call it a recession. In the Winter 2012 issue of The Wilson Quarterly, Robert Z. Aliber says America’s current economic woes amount to a “Mini-Depression”–one that could have been avoided if the government had intervened a few weeks earlier. Robert J. Samuelson draws a different conclusion: just as the West prolonged the Great Depression by clinging to the gold standard, our unwillingness to reexamine the welfare state today will delay recovery. Louis Hyman traces the century-long history of borrowing that led to economic disaster.
Also in the issue:
- Pakistan’s Most Dangerous Place: Zahid Hussain warns that a remote region of Pakistan will play an outsized role in Afghanistan’s future–and in Al Qaeda’s growing prospects for revival.
- Nietzsche in America: Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen tells the story of America’s romance with the dour German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, who inspired “end of history” thinker Francis Fukuyama and others. Man as Machine: Max Byrd takes readers to 18th-century France, where an inventor’s quest for mechanical life blurred the lines between human and machine.
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