Articles by: Nancy Spannaus

Statue of George Washington at George Washington University.

“Promote … institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge”

By Nancy Spannaus Sept. 19, 2018—The quotation that forms the headline of this post comes from George Washington’s letter to “the people of the United States,” subsequently known as his Farewell Address.[1] That letter was published in the American Daily Advertizer (a Philadelphia newspaper) on September 19, 1796 as an […]

by September 19, 2018 Commentary
Alexander Hamilton at the Treasury

Alexander Hamilton Becomes Treasury Secretary

By Nancy Spannaus Sept. 11, 2018—On Sept. 11, 1789 President George Washington nominated Alexander Hamilton for the position of Secretary of the Treasury. The Senate confirmed his nomination the very same day. Washington’s decision, and his continued support of Hamilton until the Secretary resigned in 1795, was one of the […]

by September 11, 2018 Commentary
Alexander Hamilton, founder of the American System. Portrait, Painted by John Trumbull

Actually, It’s Industrial Policy, Not Just Tariffs, That Work

The following is an op-ed which I am submitting to USA Today, but would be usefully submitted to other newspapers as well, in light of the raging debate over President Trump’s tariff policy.  By Nancy Spannaus Aug. 20, 2018—In an op-ed  in USA Today published Aug. 17, Jeff Ferry, research […]

by August 20, 2018 Commentary
The CDC's latest chart on the 2017 increase in drug overdose deaths.

Opioid Deaths Leap Up: No Solution in Sight

August 17, 2018—Once again, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a report which should shake Americans to the core. On Aug. 15 the CDC issued a preliminary estimate that 72,000 people died of opioid overdoses in 2017, a figure which represents a 7 to 10% increase over 2016. […]

by August 17, 2018 News Shorts
Trucks on congested I-81

Virginia to Consider Rail Solution for Highway Congestion

Aug. 7, 2018—The Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board, now under mandate to come up with a plan to deal with highway congestion on Interstate 81 through the Shenandoah Valley, plans to consider an innovative rail solution to the problem. That is the report from David Foster, chairman of the non-profit lobby […]

by August 7, 2018 Infrastructure, News Shorts
The New Orleans sea barrier, completed in 2013.

Army Corps of Engineers Proposes Flood Protection for New York

Aug. 6, 2018—Six years after Hurricane Sandy, the Army Corps of Engineers has begun to present options for protecting the New York-New Jersey harbor area from future devastating storms. At stake is the fate of 16 million people living in the area; three airports; five major rail networks; the largest […]

by August 6, 2018 Infrastructure, News Shorts
Louis XVI on the way to the guillotine, just one of thousands to die.

Alexander Hamilton Answers the Historians

Historians on Hamilton, How a Blockbuster Musical is Restaging America’s Past Renee C. Romano and Claire Bond Potter, editors Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, 2018, 399 pp. By Nancy Spannaus Aug. 2, 2018—While I did not have very high hopes for this book of essays critiquing the Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical […]

by August 2, 2018 Commentary
Steelworkers rally in support of tariffs (AAM)

Finally, Some Calls for a National Industrial Policy

By Nancy Spannaus July 30, 2018—In dealing with the issue of tariffs which the Trump Administration has put on the front burner, I have consistently argued that an American System approach to reviving American manufacturing demands a comprehensive policy of which tariffs may only be a small part. Specifically, the […]

by July 30, 2018 Commentary, News
A picture of British colonialism in India.

The Truth about Free Trade: It’s Colonialism

July 24, 2018—It’s rare for any major U.S. publication to tell the truth about economic policy these days, but on July 22, the Huffington Post published an article that did just that. Author Zach Carter draws on a number of crucial examples, from the British Empire to the Clinton Administration, […]

by July 24, 2018 News Shorts
Buzz Aldrin on the Moon, July 20, 1969.

Celebrate the Moon Landing!

By Nancy Spannaus July 20, 2018—Forty-nine years ago today, the United States took a “giant leap for mankind” when its astronauts successfully landed on the Moon’s surface. They not only walked on that heavenly body, but within days returned safely to Earth once again. It took an enormous nationwide effort […]

by July 20, 2018 Commentary