Commentary

A scene of poverty in Alabama.

Rep. Tom Jackson Speaks on the “State” of Alabama

By Angela Vullo Feb. 17, 2019–Approximately fifty years after Dr. Martin Luther King made his pleas for economic justice, we are confronted with the fact that wealth inequality has turned the United States into one of the most extremely income-stratified nations in the world. In this context, it is instructive […]

by February 17, 2019 Commentary, News
Water fountains in Flint, Michigan schools.

Water, Water Everywhere, but Not a Drop to Drink!

By Angela Vullo Feb. 7, 2019–How is it possible that, with 71% of the earth’s surface covered with water, we have a shortage of fresh drinking water on the planet?  Might one of the reasons be that, in addition to criminal underdevelopment of the developing nations, some U.S. water infrastructure […]

by February 7, 2019 Commentary, News
During Eisenhower's presidency, the marginal tax-rate hit 91%.  Was he a socialist?

Is Taxing the Rich Really “un-American?”

By Edward Spannaus Feb. 3, 2019–In the current climate of attacks on any proposal to raise taxes on the wealthy – labelling such proposals as “radical,” “socialist” if not communistic, a slippery slope leading inevitably to Venezuela, and so forth – it would be difficult to overstate the appalling ignorance […]

by February 4, 2019 Commentary, News
Rep. John Larson

Fix Social Security with Credit for Infrastructure

By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 1, 2019—Rep. John Larson’s Jan. 30 announcement that he is reintroducing his Social Security 2100 Act is good news.  Larson (D-Conn) was joined by Reps. Conor Lamb (D-Pa) and Jahana Hayes (D-Conn) at his press conference, where he declared that he already has 200 sponsors for […]

by February 1, 2019 Commentary, News
Leaders of the First Continental Congress, which vowed to stop the slave trade.

Guess Who Insisted on Slavery in Colonial America?

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 30, 2019—Abraham Lincoln was right when he declared that, at the time of the Declaration of Independence and the founding of the Constitution, it was widely expected that slavery was on the wane, and would soon die out. That broad sentiment is actually a matter of […]

by January 31, 2019 Commentary, History
A demonstration on the eve of the LA Teachers' Strike

Beyond the Los Angeles Teachers’ Victory

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 27, 2019—On Jan. 22 one of the largest teachers’ unions in the country won a significant victory after a six-day strike. United Teachers Los Angeles won a six percent raise, and a number of improvements in school conditions, including commitments for smaller class sizes, more nurses, […]

by January 27, 2019 Commentary
A depiction of the Boston Tea Party, December 1773.

Let Ben Franklin Tell the Story of the American Revolution

(Jan. 23, 2019–The following is a recent open letter to the leadership of the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, which I believe is worthy of much wider circulation. It is published with the permission of the author.—Nancy Spannaus) By Mark Fairchild Recently I visited the Museum of the […]

by January 23, 2019 Commentary
Benjamin Franklin epitomized the spirit of American invention (David Mart)

Ben Franklin on the Issue of Credit

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 17, 2019—Some words of wisdom from our philosopher-founder Benjamin Franklin are surely appropriate in these times, and his 313th birthday—to be celebrated today—is a good time to pay them heed.  Old Ben is known for shaping many aspects of our fight for independence, but one area […]

by January 17, 2019 Commentary, History
The Falls at the Paterson Great Falls National Park, site of the S.U.M.

An Appreciation of Hamilton’s Society for Useful Manufactures

(The following was written in celebration of Alexander Hamilton’s 262nd birthday, which occurs on January 11th.) By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 9, 2019—One appropriate way to get to know and appreciate Founding Father Alexander Hamilton’s vision and accomplishments for our nation is to get acquainted with his pioneer project in manufacturing, […]

by January 9, 2019 Commentary, History
Abraham Lincoln (public domain)

Abraham Lincoln on “Discoveries and Inventions”

(This post is part of a series on the American System approach to mankind’s relationship to the environment. The other articles are FDR versus Today’s Environmentalism: Saving Mankind and Nature; Nuclear Energy & the Environment: Bring on Small Modular Reactors; and JFK’s Conservation Policy versus Today’s Environmentalism.)   By Nancy […]

by January 7, 2019 Commentary, Statesmen