“Real and Illusory Credit” bridged the destruction of phony, 1920s, Federal-Reserve wampum to Bernard Connolly’s evaluation of today’s deadly path. The aftermath of the twenties, as described in David A. Stockman’s The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America, crippled capital spending. Plant and equipment investment tumbled by nearly 80 percent between 1929 and 1933. Inventories were liquidated. There were no buyers. Employment and wages collapsed.