Articles by: americansystemnow

Ravages of the 1793 Yellow Fever epidemic in Philadelpia.

Jefferson and the Public Benefits of Epidemics

By Geoff Smock (The following excellent article, published by the Journal of the American Revolution on May 14, should shock most Americans. Here we have the storied champion of individual liberty, Thomas Jefferson, callously expressing his approval of mass death, because he believes it serves the “greater good” of reducing […]

by May 14, 2020 0 comments Commentary, History
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 […]

Civil Defense Volunteers in Vimercate, Italy

COVID-19: Lessons from Lombardy

(April 26, 2020–The following article is reprinted from Consortium News, which published it on April 24. It provides an update on our series about the coronavirus pandemic, which I launched on March 2 with the article Hamilton’s American System Versus the Virus. The United States can learn a lot from […]

by April 25, 2020 0 comments Commentary, healthcare
An elderly coronavirus victim, who recovered.

COVID-19: Your Money, or Your Life?

by Angela Vullo March 27, 2020–Those of us who are baby boomers, might remember the famous sketch by Jack Benny from the 1960s. A mugger stops the comedian in the street and says, “Your money or your life”.  After several seconds, when Benny does not respond, the mugger says, “Well?”  […]

by March 27, 2020 0 comments healthcare, News
FDR addresses the nation by radio.

How FDR Conquered Polio–Twice!

By Pamela Lowry (March 26, 2020–This article was written in 2005. It is republished with the permission of Colin Lowry, with an eye to the much more severe medical crisis our nation and the world are suffering today. While polio is little known in the United States today, the crippling […]

by March 27, 2020 0 comments healthcare, History
Testing outside a hospital in Padua, a city outside Venice, Italy.

Facing the Virus: Italian and U.S. Healthcare Compared

(The following article is reprinted from Consortium News. It was published on March 23. Previous articles on this subject can be found on this site, including an interview with Andrew Spannaus done early in the month.) By Andrew Spannaus During the March 15 Democratic presidential debate between Joe Biden and Bernie […]

by March 26, 2020 0 comments Commentary, healthcare
An image of the coronavirus published by the Philadelphia government.

Urgent Lessons of the WWII Mobilization

By Stuart Rosenblatt   March 23, 2020–As the horrible reality of the coronavirus contagion begins to sink in, there is now much talk about a “World War II Mobilization” or a “New Marshall Plan” to attack the crisis.  This is now all to the good, albeit a bit tardy to the […]

by March 23, 2020 1 comment Commentary, History
An artist's depiction of the triumph of death during the Black Death

Quarantine the Wall Street Banks, and the People!

Urgent Steps to Halt and Reverse the Onset of a New Dark Age By Angela Vullo March 13, 2020–Probably not since the onset of the 14th Century Dark Age has civilization been hit with the simultaneous spread of a killer disease along with the collapse of the global financial system.  In […]

by March 14, 2020 0 comments Commentary, News
The NACo Conference

National Association of Counties Backs Infrastructure Bank

March 3, 2020—The Legislative Conference of the National Association of Counties (NACo) has gone on record in support of establishing a National Infrastructure Bank. NACo represents the more than 3000 counties in the United States. Its legislative conference was held in Washington, D.C. from Feb. 29 to March 4. On […]

Locust plague 2020

End Locust Plagues: Transform the Desert

( Proponents of the American System of Economics, from Alexander Hamilton through FDR, insisted upon investing in constantly improving technologies in order to improve productivity and conditions of life for the population. Indeed, FDR himself called for “greening the deserts” of Africa in the wake of the Second World War, […]

by February 20, 2020 0 comments Commentary, News