Articles by: Nancy Spannaus

Swiss jurist Emer de Vattel

Vattel, Leibniz, and the American System

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 4, 2020—Many authors of American history have acknowledged the role of Swiss lawyer-philosopher Emer de Vattel (1714-1767) in the deliberations surrounding the establishment of the U.S. Constitutional system. Vattel’s Law of Nations, published in French in 1758, arrived in English translation in the American colonies during […]

by January 4, 2020 Commentary, History
The Pennsylvania State Capitol.

Memorial for Infrastructure Bank Introduced in Pennsylvania

Dec. 30, 2019—On December 16, the state of Pennsylvania became the most recent state to put a Memorial in support of Congress establishing a National Infrastructure Bank on its agenda. On that day, Democratic Representative Ed Neilson (Philadelphia County) introduced HR 636, A Resolution Urging the Congress of the United […]

by December 30, 2019 Infrastructure Bank, News Shorts
British slavery in the West Indies.

Historians Challenge NYTimes on Slavery

By Nancy Spannaus December 26, 2019—It’s about time. Five prominent U.S. historians have come forward to challenge some egregious errors in the NY Times’ 1619 Project, a major intervention on the issue of American slavery’s role in the United States which the Times published in August of this year. The […]

by December 26, 2019 History, News
Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Trillions for Wall Street, Zip for Infrastructure!

By Nancy Spannaus Dec. 21, 2019—As of this writing, the Federal Reserve continues to pour out tens of billions of dollars a day into the Wall Street-centered banks, in the alleged interest of “providing liquidity” in the repo market. Yet, when it comes to providing funds (call it credit) for […]

by December 21, 2019 Infrastructure Bank, News
Pupil of Rembrandt, 1606 - 1669
The Adoration of the Shepherds
1646
Oil on canvas, 65.5 x 55 cm
Bought, 1824
NG47
http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/NG47

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

              Merry Christmas & Happy New Year From American System Now This painting is dated 1646, and is believed to have been done by a student in Rembrandt’s workshop, after an etching which Rembrandt himself had created. Rembrandt saw light in the darkness of […]

by December 20, 2019 Commentary
Progress for Small Modular Reactors

Progress for Small Modular Reactors

December 13, 2019—There’s some real good news for the U.S. economy today.  NuScale, an Oregon company that is developing a small modular nuclear reactor (SMR), has passed the next stage of review by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. As this blog has reported before, the mass development of nuclear power is […]

by December 13, 2019 News Shorts, Nuclear Power
The First Bank of the United States in Philadelphia

Time to Study Hamilton’s National Bank

By Nancy Spannaus … By contributing to enlarge the mass of industrious and commercial enterprise, banks become nurseries of national wealth: a consequence, as satisfactorily verified by experience, as it is clearly deducible in theory. – Report on the National Bank Alexander Hamilton put forward his most controversial proposal — […]

by December 13, 2019 Commentary, History
Navajo Indians have to go to great lengths to provide water to their community, as we see here.

Millions of Americans Lack Clean Water

By Nancy Spannaus Dec. 12, 2019—While the Federal Reserve, Wall Street, and most politicians brag that the American economy is doing just fine, a study released November 19 by two non-profits provides new information to the contrary: More than two million Americans lack access to clean  water. The report “Closing […]

by December 12, 2019 Infrastructure, News
John Quincy Adams

Promoting Internal Improvements: A “Sacred Duty”

By Nancy Spannaus Dec. 3, 2019—In his first Annual Message to Congress, delivered December 6, 1825, President John Quincy Adams was at his eloquent best. As a lifelong devotee of the American System, President Adams felt compelled to address the “general principle” embodied in the U.S. Constitution which he had […]

by December 3, 2019 Commentary, History
Dance of Death

Deindustrialization is Killing America

By Nancy Spannaus Nov. 30, 2019—On November 26, the American Medical Association issued a dramatic new wake-up call to Americans about the rising death rates which have made the United States the only industrialized country in the world with a declining life expectancy. The AMA’s “Special Communication” was an article […]

by November 30, 2019 Manufacturing, News