To read the list of bare bones in the last chapter is to realize that prosperity, from the business man's point of view, has certainly been with us--at least with part of us--for the past 8 years. The price structure has been stable; corporation earnings have been increasing. Productivity per man has made phenomenal gains; the national income, both in total and per capita, grows greater every year.
But the picture also has its darker side. Many items either showed no gain, or even headed downward. Indeed, it is all too obvious by now that the hullaballoo of the prosperity chorus has been considerably overdone. Like all good optimists since the world began, the chorus has concentrated on the high lights and forgotten the more somber shadows. Discounting the excess of optimism, enough remains to be worth a shout or two, and more than enough to whet our curiosity as to how it has come about. What forces have been gathering since 1921 to make this commercial prosperity the very sizeable thing it is and to at