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By Michael Roberts

Starting off from an unapologetic Marxist standpoint, The lengthy Depression argues that the worldwide financial system continues to be within the throes of a melancholy. Making the case that the profitability of capital is simply too low, and the debt outfitted up prior to the good Recession too excessive, best radical economist Michael Roberts persuasively provides his case that this melancholy will persist until eventually the profitability of capital is restored via one more hunch.

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Indeed, over the whole period,  to , in the United Kingdom, the organic composition of capital rose  percent while the rate of surplus value rose  percent, so the rate of profit fell in a secular trend.  shows the level of the US rate of profit (measured in both historic cost and current cost of capital terms) at the end of certain periods compared to the start (expressed as a fraction of ). ) in historic cost terms. 2. The Change in the US Rate of Profit 1946–2012 (as fraction of 1) 1965–82 1982–97 1997–2012 1946–2012 1965–2012 1982–2001 2001–8 Current cost .......

The Keynesian explanation, however, suffered from two failings. First, it was not a causal explanation, in the sense that it did not show why aggregate demand should suddenly collapse (see Appendix ); second, it was not adopted as an explanation or used as a motive for government policy, because most economies began to recover of their own accord after . Recovery within Depression In most countries of the world, recovery from the Great Depression began in . In the United States, recovery began in early , but the economy did not return to  levels for over a decade.

The long depression of the late nineteenth century started with a financial panic. ”³ It began in central Europe with the collapse of the Vienna stock market in May . Then it spread to the United States on what has been called Black Thursday (September ) after the failure of the banking house of Cooke and Co. ⁴ Cooke’s had invested , in Northern Pacific Railroad, but failed to raise the money in a bond issuance because the railroad boom had come to an end. The railroad boom after the Civil War had culminated in the transcontinental link, achieved in .

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