Commentary

A dramatization of Poe's Masque of the Red Death. Will it come true?

Will Death Have Dominion Over All?

By Angela Vullo Oct 11, 2020–On February 2 of this year I penned an article quoting Edgar Allan Poe’s “Masque of the Red Death,” an analogy more ominously appropriate now than at the time. And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death. He had come like a thief […]

by October 11, 2020 Commentary, healthcare
FDR speaks to the nation at his Inaugural

Nation at a Crossroads, Just like 1933

By Angela Vullo September 29, 2020–Ask yourself: Would our country exist today if Franklin Roosevelt had not been elected President? During his four terms, President Roosevelt was faced with two foes, one domestic and one foreign, with an ominous overlap between the two. In the same year that Roosevelt was […]

by October 1, 2020 Commentary, Infrastructure Bank
A funeral for a teen who committed suicide.

Death of a Generation?

By Angela Vullo “He never made a lot of money. His name was never in the paper. He’s not the finest character that ever lived.  But he’s a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid. He’s not to be allowed to fall […]

by September 18, 2020 Commentary, Infrastructure Bank
Bound copies of Carey's American Museum

The Indispensable Role of Mathew Carey

By Nancy Spannaus Sept. 14, 2020—As I am preparing for a class series on my book Hamilton Versus Wall Street, as well as a presentation at the Treasury Historical Association on Sept. 23, I have been struck once again with the importance of Mathew Carey in carrying forward the Hamiltonian […]

by September 14, 2020 Commentary, History
A group of workers in Southern California.

How to Celebrate Labor Today

By Nancy Spannaus Sept. 6, 2020—In many respects there is little to celebrate on this Labor Day 2020. Tens of millions of American workers are unemployed; millions more have dropped out of the labor force; organized labor’s role is in steep decline; manufacturing employment has dropped to dangerously low levels; […]

by September 6, 2020 Commentary, Infrastructure
FDR joins youth at a CCC camp.

FDR’s 1936 Acceptance Speech

Sept. 2, 2020—My reaction to watching most of the Democratic and Republican conventions can be summed up in one phrase: Wall Street is the winner. Neither party has taken on the reality of the economic and social collapse which the predatory Wall Street financial system has wrought, nor has it […]

by September 2, 2020 Commentary, History
An abandoned factory in Detroit, Michigan.

Our Nation Is at Death’s Door

Will We Save It? By Angela Vullo July 24, 2020–With jobs, businesses, and people disappearing across the land, the threatening question before us is, will the United States itself meet that same fate? Even before COVID, our nation was at death’s door. Many reasons are cited as to the cause […]

Hamilton grave site at Trinity Church, in the Wall Street area of Manhattan.

Honoring Alexander Hamilton

  On the occasion of the anniversary of his murder, July 11, 1804 By Nancy Spannaus July 11, 2020—The traditional ceremonies in New York City honoring Alexander Hamilton on the date of his murder by Aaron Burr on July 11, 1804 have necessarily been cancelled this year. We must honor […]

by July 11, 2020 Commentary, News
Factory closures like these point to the real crisis behind the crisis.

Unmask Wall Street! Build Infrastructure!

By Angela Vullo July 9, 2020–Much has been hypothesized lately on the current crisis that faces our country.  With all the attention on COVID-19, the deeper underlying crisis has gotten buried.  It’s time to pull back the mask. Unmask Wall Street, and build infrastructure. What we will uncover is an […]

by July 9, 2020 Commentary, Infrastructure
Why We Declared the Right to Happiness

Why We Declared the Right to Happiness

by Nancy Spannaus July  3, 2020—On the occasion of this Fourth of July, which is bound to be fraught with virulent attacks on the Declaration of Independence, I was tempted to simply repeat Abraham Lincoln’s stirring refutation (which I featured last year). But there was a deeper philosophical point to […]

by July 3, 2020 Commentary, History