Because of the way things have turned out, events that occurred ten years ago remain freshly relevant today in a way that couldnt be said of past periods. The Crash of 1987, for example, was but a footnote in trivia by 1997. The oil embargo and nasty global recession of 1974-75 had by 1984 and 1985 become just a memory, though painful completely unrelated to the world of the mid-1980s. In early 2007, by contrast, Ben Bernanke said subprime was contained and his fellow policymakers made other such statements that still haunt us today.
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