The combination of central banking, macro-economic theories, ambitious bureaucracies and gullible politicians has created a century of chronic and massive currency depreciation. The consequence has been a series of dislocating asset inflations. Initially, the Fed's job definition was to prevent financial convulsions that precipitated recessions. There have been 18 bear markets and recessions since the Fed opened its doors in 1914.
Despite the sorry record, the establishment has never doubted the perfection of the Federal Reserve System. On the inevitable Classic Crashes such as in 1929, the Fed was not criticized but those running it got the blame. Blame the guy, not the system.