Articles by: americansystemnow

The Nation under Water: Yet Another Case against Privatization

The Nation under Water: Yet Another Case against Privatization

By Angela Vullo July 17, 2017–With federal and state budgets spiraling out of control, ever more desperate elected officials are totally befuddled as to how to pay for repairing and rebuilding the infrastructure which is collapsing all around them. The Trump administration has proposed privatization as the answer for fixing […]

by July 17, 2017 Infrastructure, News
How the Army Corps of Engineers Helped to Build the American Nation

How the Army Corps of Engineers Helped to Build the American Nation

By Pam Lowry “We must get up early, for we have a large territory; we have to cut down the forests, dig canals, and make railroads all over the country.” (A West Point cadet to a foreign visitor, 1854.)   All the military guests at the glittering banquet in the […]

by July 16, 2017 History
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How Financialization Destroyed the U.S. Economy

  Makers and Takers The Rise of Finance and the Fall of Business Rana Foroohar Crown Business, New York, NY, 2016, 329 pages A review by Stuart Rosenblatt     July 12, 2017–Rana Foroohar’s 2016 book Makers and Takers is an important addition to the growing number of exposés against […]

by July 15, 2017 Commentary
West Point, New York 
Painting by Seth Eastmen, 1875 (wiki)

When the US Military Helped Build America

Military-Civilian Collaboration on Infrastructure Projects is an American Tradition by Pam Lowry From the earliest days of the young American Republic, the engineering capabilities of the military were viewed as crucial for developing the nation. The officers of the Continental Army, such as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and Henry Knox, […]

by July 14, 2017 Infrastructure
Abraham Lincoln as a young man.

Young Abraham Lincoln Fights to Develop the Frontier

This Week in History, By Pam Lowry February 6 – 12, 1809 When Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in the wilds of Kentucky, Robert Fulton was applying for a patent on the steamboat which he had successfully launched on the Hudson River just a year and a […]

by July 7, 2017 History
State Budget Crises: The Latest Examples of a Collapsing Economy

State Budget Crises: The Latest Examples of a Collapsing Economy

By Angela Vullo July 6, 2017–Another nail was driven into the coffin of the myth of the so-called national economic recovery on June 30 when 11 states announced they would have a heck of a problem in balancing their budgets. State governments are mandated to have a balanced budget by […]

by July 7, 2017 Glass-Steagall, News
President George Washington (1789-1797)

President George Washington (1789-1797)

Our first President (1732-1799) was of one mind with Alexander Hamilton on the requirements for establishing a credit system that would use federal government powers to develop the U.S. economy through promoting scientific agriculture and manufactures. He was committed to creating unity in the nation through economic projects, and to […]

by June 9, 2017 Statesmen
Henry Clay

Henry Clay

It is to Henry Clay (1777-1852) that the concept of the American System is most commonly attributed. Clay came on the political scene in the election of 1810 as an advocate of American national interests against the depredations of the British Empire at the time. As Speaker of the House […]

by June 9, 2017 Statesmen
President John Quincy Adams (1825-1829)

President John Quincy Adams (1825-1829)

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) began his advocacy of the American System during his first term in Congress, as a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, and continued it throughout a career as a diplomat, Secretary of State, President, and Congressman. His concept was to develop the nation through upgrading its infrastructure and […]

by June 9, 2017 Statesmen
President Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)

President Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)

During his first run for political office in Illinois, Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) described his platform thus: “My politics are short and sweet, like an old woman’s dance. I’m in favor of a national bank. I’m in favor of the internal improvement system and a high protective tariff. These are my […]

by June 9, 2017 Statesmen