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A graphic of total factor productivity in the 20th Century, showing the effects of the FDR banking policy.

A Brief History of the Principle of National Banking in the United States

Aug. 27, 2018–While Central Banks exist in many other countries, the United States is unique in its successful development of national banking.  The purpose of National Banks, developed even before the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, was to marshal the financial resources of the young nation and direct them into […]

Black soldiers in the thousands joined the Revolution. What happened?

Why Did American Slavery Persist?

By Nancy Spannaus January 10, 2021—In a Zoom presentation to a discussion group on Sunday Jan. 3, I began to tackle the question of why, despite enormous activity in favor of abolition in the early period of our Republic, the institution of slavery persisted until the Civil War. My hour-long […]

by January 10, 2021 0 comments Commentary, Slavery
This detail from a painting by Michellino shows Dante holding a book, in which the opening lines of his poem can be seen. (wikipedia)

2021: Celebrate the Year of Dante

Dante Alighieri’s Concept of Statecraft And the Lorenzetti Frescoes in Siena by Bonnie James Jan. 5, 2021–The following article was originally published on June 28, 1999 in The New Federalist newspaper. It is reproduced here with minor editing by the author. The occasion for its republication is the 700th anniversary […]

by January 5, 2021 0 comments Commentary, History
A modern apprentiship program.

A New Economic Direction Would Inspire Our Youth

By Angela Vullo November 29, 2020–In the 1950s and ‘60s when a young person in our country was asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”,  the answer was likely to be an astronaut, a doctor, a teacher, or an engineer.  But, as time went on and […]

by November 29, 2020 0 comments Infrastructure Bank, News
An anti-populist cartoon from the 1890s, as reproduced by Thomas Frank

Can We Revive “We the People?”

A Review of Thomas Frank’s The People, NO! A Brief History of Anti-Populism By Nancy Spannaus Nov. 7, 2020—As the current brawl over the presidential election results should make clear, the people of the United States are dangerously divided, almost split down the middle. In my view, the question before […]

by November 7, 2020 3 comments History, Review
The new Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River.

HR 6422: A “Bill to Somewhere”

By Angela Vullo Oct 27, 2020–In late August 2019, I penned an article called “Will 2020 Bring Winds of Change?,” citing an MSNBC four-part docuseries called “American Swamp,” which included a segment on infrastructure entitled “Bill to Nowhere.”  Today, I can happily report that things have changed. We now have […]

by October 27, 2020 1 comment Infrastructure Bank, News
Coalition Mobilizes Dems for Infrastructure Bank

Coalition Mobilizes Dems for Infrastructure Bank

By Nancy Spannaus Aug. 20, 2020—Democrats looking for a comprehensive solution to the economic crisis that is threatening the very integrity of the United States as a nation, had a place to turn during the virtual Democratic National Convention this week. In a webinar featuring local union leaders, state representatives, […]

by August 20, 2020 0 comments Infrastructure Bank, News
Bobby Kennedy on his poverty tour in 1968

“A Time of Sorrow and Shame”

By Nancy Spannaus June 4, 2020—Tomorrow will be the anniversary of the June 5, 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, the third in a series of murders which decapitated the most promising political leadership of the United States. One by one, they fell: President John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, […]

by June 4, 2020 2 comments Commentary, History
CWA workers take a break to pose for a picture.

Lessons from FDR: The Hopkins Example

By Nancy Spannaus May 20, 2020—Almost two months ago, the U.S. Congress passed the CARES Act, which committed to spending half a trillion dollars for relief of states and municipalities. Yesterday, the two Administration officials responsible for allocating that money told the Senate Banking Committee that they were still planning […]

by May 20, 2020 1 comment History, News
Construction workers in New York City (Columbia University)

Minority Contractors Want an Infrastructure Bank

April 27, 2020—The National Association of Minority Contractors has joined the movement for the creation of a National Infrastructure Bank (NIB). In a statement issued April 24, the group urged Congress to establish a bank capitalized by existing Treasury debt, which would generate $4 trillion credit dedicated to rebuilding the […]