COMMENT: Crisis of a Gilded Age [Doug Henwood]

For the past two or three decades skeptics watched as deregulated finance got ever more reckless, as the gap between rich and poor widened to a chasm not seen since the turn of the last century, and they said, “Someday there’s going to be hell to pay for all this.” But despite a few nasty hiccups every few years–the 1987 stock market crash, the savings and loan debacle of the late 1980s, the Mexican and Asian financial crises of the mid-1990s, the dot-com bust of the early 2000s–somehow the economy regained its footing for another game of chicken. Has its luck finally run out?

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