A few times in my adultish life there have been recessions. Each time things looked bleak, but each time it eventually seemed like genuine recovery had arrived. Whether it did or not is another question, but the basic belief that all we needed to do was get back to close to full employment and everything would be fine seemed to be true enough. We're pretty close to full employment. Things certainly are better than they were a few years ago. Things are also still fucked up and bullshit.