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This Is Not a Recession. It’s an Ice Age.

No one alive has experienced an economic plunge this sudden.
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We can’t say we’re in a recession yet, at least not formally. A committee decides these things—. The government generally adopts the view that a contraction is not a recession unless economic activity has declined over two quarters. But we’re in a recession and everyone knows it. And what we’re experiencing is so much more than that: a black swan, a financial war, a plague. Maybe things normal where you are. Maybe things do not feel normal. Things are not normal. For weeks

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