Articles by: americansystemnow

Wolves of Wall Street Taking Over Trump Administration

Wolves of Wall Street Taking Over Trump Administration

Nov. 29, 2017—“Are there any rules for the banking industry that should be made stronger?”, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) pressed Federal Reserve Chairman nominee Jerome Powell, during his confirmation hearing at the Senate Banking Committee on Nov. 28. “There are no places that we’re lacking,” he said. He supported rewriting […]

by November 30, 2017 News
December 1, 1936: President Franklin Roosevelt Opens the Inter-American Conference for the Maintenance of Peace

December 1, 1936: President Franklin Roosevelt Opens the Inter-American Conference for the Maintenance of Peace

By Pamela Lowry   On December 1, 1936, Franklin Roosevelt gave the keynote address at the opening of a major pan-American conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The world situation was grim, with fascism already in power in Italy and Germany, and threatening to take over Spain, through the conflict known […]

by November 28, 2017 History
Electrical engineers at a construction site. They will be in high-demand when we launch a National Infrastructure Bank. (dreamstime)

Building and Funding an FDR-style Infrastructure Program

By Stuart Rosenblatt Nov. 18, 2017–The following report is a brief summary of potential transformative outputs of a National Infrastructure Bank (NIB), as outlined in a Draft Bill  for such a bank now circulating on Capitol Hill. This report compares the results projected from similar outlines of infrastructure projects produced […]

by November 18, 2017 Infrastructure
Dance of Death

New Study Proves: Ohio Opioid “Dance of Death” Is No Accident, Reflects Industrial Takedown

By Angela Vullo Nov. 5, 2017–On October 27, the C. William SWANK Program in Rural-Urban Policy released its findings on the drug epidemic ravaging Ohio and most states in a landmark study entitled “Taking Measure of Ohio’s Opioid Crisis.” The SWANK group consists of four Ohio State University Professors: Dr. […]

by November 5, 2017 News
“Visigoths at the Gates”: Congressional Hearing Expose Magnitude of Opioid Crisis

“Visigoths at the Gates”: Congressional Hearing Expose Magnitude of Opioid Crisis

By Angela Vullo Oct. 20, 2107-On Wednesday October 11, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health, held a marathon hearing at the Rayburn Building on the nation’s opioid crisis. The hearing was open to members of the committee and others to present 3 minute testimonies on […]

by October 20, 2017 News
The Ruins of Detroit, photographed by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre

As Report on “Despair in Rural America” documents: Opioids Can’t Kill the Pain of 40 Years of Post-Industrial Economy

By Angela Vullo Oct. 6–According to two Ohio State University experts, “despair caused by the lack of jobs and hope is the greatest single factor in the growing opioid addiction crisis in rural Ohio.” Mark Partridge, SWANK Chair in Rural/Urban Policy and Mike Betz, Assistant Professor in the Department of […]

by October 6, 2017 News
The American “Special Century” of Economic Progress, Part III

The American “Special Century” of Economic Progress, Part III

By Stu Rosenblatt This is part three of a four-part review of Robert Gordon’s The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War, an extremely useful book on the nation’s physical economy. Click here for Part I, and here for Part II. 1930-1950: […]

by September 29, 2017 Commentary
The American “Special Century” of Economic Progress, Part II

The American “Special Century” of Economic Progress, Part II

By Stu Rosenblatt This is part two of a four-part review of Robert Gordon’s The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War, an extremely useful book on the nation’s physical economy. Click here  for Part I. Technological Innovations and the Special Century […]

by September 21, 2017 Commentary
This Chart from the 1960 report of the US Geological Survey, produced for the Senate Select Committee, shows the top-down thinking characteristic of the Kennedy era concerning development. (screen shot from report; see footnote.)

Federal Capital Budgeting: Kennedy Era Water Projects and The Role of the General Welfare Principle Part II

  By John Ascher Sept. 19—Since the publication of Part One of this series, catastrophic events–and the challenge of an appropriate response– have intervened into our nation’s life with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. This series does not purport to present comprehensive plans for  the infrastructure and great projects needed to […]

by September 19, 2017 Infrastructure
The American “Special Century” of Economic Progress, 1870-1970

The American “Special Century” of Economic Progress, 1870-1970

  by Stu Rosenblatt Editor’s Note: The following is part one of a four-part review of a very useful book for those determined to return the American economy to productive growth. The full article will be available upon completion. The article has been edited by Bonnie James. The Rise and […]

by September 13, 2017 Commentary, Review