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As far as the fact that the Great Depression led some to favor Soviet planningwell, that was obviously a mistake, wasnt it!
The place reminded me of the hobo jungles that had sprung up during the Great Depression — had sprung up again in this era that nobody wanted to call another depression.
In their classic study of Middletown, for example, Robert and Helen Lynd found that during the Great Depression all but the poorest section of the working class retrenched on food and clothing before it would cut certain “necessary” luxuries; while in contemporary middle- and upper-class behavior, the standard of display for display’s sake is amply testified to on the advertising pages of any magazine.