Democracy in America: The Great Depression Edition

From The Economist, November 23, 1929, a quote from a “high authority” on the causes of the stock market crash:

“The market fought its way upward against Reserve banks and member banks, and there was truth in the boast that it defeated them . . . bankers are not the owners of the funds in their custody, and the market defeated them by going round them and inducing depositors to place their funds at the disposal of ‘the street.’ Democracy triumphed over authority and leadership in the advance, and the orgy at the finish was all its own.”

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