Commentary

Pastor Jeffery Johnson reciting Dr. King's "I have a Dream" speech. (Euclid Williams)

Let Freedom Ring!

By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 22, 2020—My husband Ed and I just returned from a celebration of Black History Month, and that phrase from Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1963 “I have a dream” speech is still ringing in my ears. It resonates as well with the Negro National Anthem “Lift Every […]

by February 23, 2020 Commentary, News
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 Commentary, News
Speaking at Rust Library to a good crowd on Feb. 15.

It’s Been a Pretty Good Year

By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 16, 2020—My book, Hamilton Versus Wall Street: The Core Principles of the American System, was published on Feb. 15, 2019. As I look back, it’s been a pretty good year. As those of you who read this blog know, I intended this book to be a […]

by February 16, 2020 Commentary
Andrew Hamilton arguing for Zenger's freedom

Hamilton’s Fight for the Truth Standard

By Nancy Spannaus February 14, 2020—Long before I encountered Alexander Hamilton’s American System of political economy, I came upon another uniquely American republican tradition: the demand for truth as a standard in law and journalism. I refer to the case of John Peter Zenger, a New York editor who was thrown […]

by February 13, 2020 Commentary, History
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
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
The Bank of the United States, one of the aspects of the Federalist System Marshall fought to defend.

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
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
American System founder Alexander Hamilton, a new statue at the Coast Guard Academy (Dianne Durante)

Federalist No. 11: The American System

By Nancy Spannaus Nov. 22, 2019–“Let Americans disdain to be the instruments of European greatness! Let the thirteen States, bound together in a strict and indissoluble Union, concur in erecting one great American system superior to the control of all transatlantic force or influence and able to dictate the terms […]

by November 22, 2019 Commentary, History
The Wall Street bull

Wall Street Speculators Out of Control!

Hamilton Denounced  “Unprincipled Gamblers” By Nancy Spannaus Oct. 31, 2019—The Oct. 28 column in Wall Street on Parade revealed new evidence of the way in which Wall Street speculation, especially by JPMorgan Chase, is threatening the U.S. financial and economic system. I quote: But here’s the shocking news. According to […]

by October 31, 2019 Commentary, News