UK Daily Mail 
Aug 6, 2011
Exactly 80 years ago, international capitalism stood on the verge of meltdown.
The collapse of the banking system in the summer of 1931 sent shockwaves through Europe, bringing governments to their knees and thousands out onto the streets.
In the United States, an increasingly careworn president and his congressional critics fought a bitter battle over government spending and tax rises.
And in Britain, with the Labour government broken by the economic crisis, a Conservative-dominated coalition imposed the deepest spending cuts in a generation, slashing benefits in an attempt to restore confidence in the nation’s finances.
With the banks refusing to lend, and millions of people thrown out of work, capitalism itself seemed utterly discredited.
In other countries, many turned to the far Right, swelling the ranks of the Nazis and their allies.