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The origins of Glass-Steagall

January 17, 2014 - Harry Eagar
RtO has all along said that the Glass-Steagall Act was responsible for the 60 years America went without a financial panic. Before its passage and since its repeal in 1999, the rate has been one panic every 7 years, with the longest period without one 13 years, a special reprieve created by the unique financial operations of the Great War.

This history is summed in RtO's slogan: Unsupervised markets fail.

A capsule prehistory of Glass-Steagall, published by Vanity Fair in 2010 but only coming to my attention today thanks to a link at Little Green Footballs, is a good starting point for those who do not know the background.

George Santayana comes to mind: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

Santayana was a Pollyanna. The men who dismantled Glass-Steagall remembered it very well; they just disbelieved the past had happened.


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