By now seemingly everyone with access to a blog has contributed to the theory Joseph Stiglitz offers up in, of all places, the new Vanity Fair, about the causes not just of the Great Depression, but analogously, what he calls our own "Long Slump."
The men and women who saved the nation from economic destruction and political tyranny, and went on to create the middle class and turn the United States into the strongest and most prosperous nation on earth, didn't do so simply by having the right values and working hard to achieve them.
If you saw Diego Rivera's mural, Frozen Assets, on a poster at Zuccotti Park, you might have been tempted to see if the paint had dried, since the mural speaks so specifically to the moment and graphically grasps the heart and soul of Occupy Wall Street.
Eileen Cuhaj, a plain, serious soul with a wisp of white hair and wire-rim spectacles that make her brown eyes sparkle, was raised a good Catholic girl. All these years, she has called upon her faith to sustain her.
With the latest unemployment numbers, the evidence keeps accumulating that this will be a prolonged economic stagnation. The unemployment rate is not as bad as that of the Great Depression, but in some respects the prognosis is equally grim.
There is a reason why a majority of Americans have a favorable opinion of Occupy Wall Street. You don't have to be an occupier to share their frustration. Finally, a populist movement even a reformer can love.
If Occupy Wall Street signals the end of our own, atypical period of acquiescence, could a return to a version of "class warfare" that would, once upon a time, have been familiar to so many Americans be on the horizon? Finally!
How can we get back to that marvelous age of the '50s with its amazing economic growth, low unemployment, great equality of incomes and world supremacy? The answer is: suffer through a slump that lasts a decade and that scars every American.