So I was sitting in class the other day and a certain statistic caught my attention, 6,000 banks closed during the great depression, along with it went thousands of factories, businesses, farms and corporations. Now, looking at the economic rule that price fluctuation wipes out small producers, would this have been a moment of exponential growth for the larger corporations that has ultimatly lead to controlling our society to the extent we have today? I can't see why it wouldn't have been. It is my understanding that it was mainly the middle class that bore the brunt of the Depression, the rich stayed rich and the poor stayed poor, but most of the middle class got poorer. So the wealth had to go somewhere right? It didn't go out of the country because of the huge tariffs at the time. It went to the rich and to Big Business.