It’s interesting to talk to people who lived through the Second Great Depression. The first thing most of them say is that they never saw it coming. The signs were there. Economists had warned them. Geopolitical experts had said it was coming. But the vast majority of those who actually lived it simply hadn’t believed it. It was crazy. It was never going to get that bad. Surely someone would do something to make things better. Or somebody would invent something to sidetrack the whole issue. And then one day they woke up and realized it had gotten that bad. Even today, they just shake their heads in confusion, wondering what they could have done to stop it before it happened. But none of them could. Oh, there might be a few people out there still alive who were in the right positions of authority who could have done something. But outside of them, there’s not a single person alive out there who could have stopped it.