The Financial Crisis: How It Happened, and Why It Is Still Happening

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“Stock-jobbers will become the praetorian guard of the government, at once its tool and its tyrant, bribed by its largesses and overawing it by clamours and combinations,” wrote James Madison in 1791. He and Thomas Jefferson both knew that Alexander Hamilton’s debt and financing policies would ultimately undermine the victory for democracy won in the American Revolution.

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