As readers know, I have long been referring to the aftermath of the crash of 2007-08 as the Second Great Depression. Best I can tell, on this blog, since at least October 2010.
Apparently, at least one other economist—none other than Ben Bernanke [ht: ja]—agrees with me.
Just one year after Ben Bernanke became Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, the economic alarm bells started going off. Now, a year after leaving the Fed behind, Bernanke is putting the crisis into perspective — HIS perspective.
He described the financial crisis as “the “worst in human history.”
Worse than the Depression? “The financial crisis itself, the collapse of asset prices, the near-collapse of so many large financial institutions, in my view, was a worse crisis than even what we saw in 1929, 1930.”
The summer of 2008 saw panic across the globe.
“If you look at the major financial firms, most of them either failed or came close to failing or needed some kind of help,” he said.
“And it would have taken down the entire economy,” said O’Donnell.
Just sayin’. . .