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  •  Sorry, But - (3+ / 0-)

    Any analogy between today and the Great Depression is seriously overblown.
    By the early 1930s, there was at least 25% unemployment - probably far more since African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, and women were rarely counted.  What's more, there was real destitution - people going without food, clothing, and shelter.

    I grant you that the past two decades have seen a steady erosion of incomes and benefits for working Americans - but it ain't the Depression by any means.

    Take a look at some of these FSA photos:

    http://memory.loc.gov/...

    •  I'm not asserting (0+ / 0-)

      that the economic situation is as bad as the Depression, but it's certainly more reminiscent of the 1930s than the 1950s. Any comparison of today to the postwar era rings false on its face. A lot of storm clouds are gathering, and that was simply not true in 1952.

      The Republican Party is neither pro-republic nor pro-party. Discuss!

      by Nathaniel Ament Stone on Sun Dec 02, 2007 at 05:10:20 PM PST

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      •  Early 1950s - (0+ / 0-)

        Economy - recession after Korean War spending.
        Security - development of H-bomb.
        (In fact, the first H-bomb test was just before the 1952 election.)

        What else?
        There was the "Doctor's Plot" in the Soviet Union hatched by a paranoid Stalin.
        Nasser seized power in a coup in Egypt threatening Britain and Israel.
        Anticolonial uprisings across Africa and Asia.

        Hardly "false on its face".

    •  If You Think the Analogy Is to the Depression... (0+ / 0-)

      ...than you've really misread these pieces.  

      The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

      by Dana Houle on Sun Dec 02, 2007 at 06:10:56 PM PST

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