Articles by: americansystemnow

A portrait of Benjamin Franklin in 1762.

The American Revolutionaries’ International War Against Slavery

Part I. Ben Franklin and Massachusetts Lead the Way By Colin Lowry March 19, 2019 In the original draft of the Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, and John Adams, is a paragraph condemning King George III of Britain for the crime of promoting and enforcing the […]

by March 19, 2019 Commentary, History
American Recovery Resolution Introduced in North Carolina

American Recovery Resolution Introduced in North Carolina

March 7, 2019—Rep. Shelly Willingham (D-Martin) introduced a “joint resolution urging Congress to enact without delay an “American Economic Recovery Program” into the North Carolina State Legislature on Feb. 17. House Joint Resolution 190 has five cosponsors and has been referred to the Banking Committee as the first step. The […]

Construction on California's high-speed rail project has already begun.

Infrastructure Bank Needed for California Rail

Feb. 18, 2019—The need for a National Infrastructure Bank (NIB), built along Hamiltonian principles, has come sharply to the fore in the current debate/uproar over the fate of California’s plans for a high-speed rail connection between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Establish a national bank with long-term, low-interest credit, capitalized […]

by February 18, 2019 Infrastructure, News Shorts
A contemporary scene of poverty in Alabama.

Rep. Tom Jackson Speaks on the “State” of Alabama

By Angela Vullo Feb. 17, 2019–Approximately fifty years after Dr. Martin Luther King made his pleas for economic justice, we are confronted with the fact that wealth inequality has turned the United States into one of the most extremely income-stratified nations in the world. In this context, it is instructive […]

by February 17, 2019 Commentary, News
Water fountains in Flint, Michigan schools.

Water, Water Everywhere, but Not a Drop to Drink!

By Angela Vullo Feb. 7, 2019–How is it possible that, with 71% of the earth’s surface covered with water, we have a shortage of fresh drinking water on the planet?  Might one of the reasons be that, in addition to criminal underdevelopment of the developing nations, some U.S. water infrastructure […]

by February 7, 2019 Commentary, News
The Hoover Dam, completed during FDR's presidency, was a huge boon to the state of Arizona by providing electricity and water . (Bureau of Reclamation)

Arizona Legislators Join Drive for National Infrastructure Bank

Feb. 5, 2019—On Feb. 4, a group of Arizona legislators, led by State Senator Juan Mendez, joined the national movement to get Congress to reimpose Glass-Steagall and establish a Hamiltonian National Infrastructure Bank. SM1001, a “Memorial urging Congress to reinstate portions of the Glass-Steagall Act and to support national banking […]

by February 5, 2019 Infrastructure, News
During Eisenhower's presidency, the marginal tax-rate hit 91%.  Was he a socialist?

Is Taxing the Rich Really “un-American?”

By Edward Spannaus Feb. 3, 2019–In the current climate of attacks on any proposal to raise taxes on the wealthy – labelling such proposals as “radical,” “socialist” if not communistic, a slippery slope leading inevitably to Venezuela, and so forth – it would be difficult to overstate the appalling ignorance […]

by February 4, 2019 Commentary, News
The 100-year old bridge over the Columbia River connecting Oregon and Washington state. (wikipedia)

Congress to Begin Debating Infrastructure

Feb. 2, 2019—Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Or), Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will convene his first hearing on the nation’s infrastructure needs on Thursday, Feb. 7. According to the announcement on the Committee’s site, the hearing is entitled “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investing in Our Nation’s […]

by February 2, 2019 Infrastructure, News Shorts
This dam at Lake Marion, South Carolina, was built by the WPA as part of rural electrication.

South Carolina Reps Pass Memorial for an American Recovery Program

Jan. 28, 2019—On Jan 22 the South Carolina House of Representatives became the first state legislature in 2019 to pass a resolution calling for Congress to establish a National Infrastructure Bank. The proposed Bank, modelled on the successful national banking systems of Alexander Hamilton, John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln, and […]

by January 28, 2019 News
A depiction of the Boston Tea Party, December 1773.

Let Ben Franklin Tell the Story of the American Revolution

(Jan. 23, 2019–The following is a recent open letter to the leadership of the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, which I believe is worthy of much wider circulation. It is published with the permission of the author.—Nancy Spannaus) By Mark Fairchild Recently I visited the Museum of the […]

by January 23, 2019 Commentary