Commentary

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
FDR and the American System

FDR and the American System

By Nancy Spannaus June 16, 2020—Over 100 days in 1933, newly inaugurated Franklin Delano Roosevelt took a giant step toward the revival of the American System of Economics. The core of that system, as reflected in the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, is the Federal government’s responsibility for energetically promoting […]

by June 16, 2020 Commentary
Bobby Kennedy on his poverty tour in 1968

“A Time of Sorrow and Shame”

By Nancy Spannaus June 4, 2020—Tomorrow will be the anniversary of the June 5, 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, the third in a series of murders which decapitated the most promising political leadership of the United States. One by one, they fell: President John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, […]

by June 4, 2020 Commentary, History
Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy

George Floyd’s Murder Was the Trigger:

Lessons Still to Be Learned By Angela Vullo May 31, 2020–Those of us who never bought into the last 50-year economic shift into de-industrialization and financial speculation should not be shocked at the social unrest which has been unleashed in our country. The murder of George Floyd, a Minneapolis black […]

by June 1, 2020 Commentary, News
Ravages of the 1793 Yellow Fever epidemic in Philadelpia.

Jefferson and the Public Benefits of Epidemics

By Geoff Smock (The following excellent article, published by the Journal of the American Revolution on May 14, should shock most Americans. Here we have the storied champion of individual liberty, Thomas Jefferson, callously expressing his approval of mass death, because he believes it serves the “greater good” of reducing […]

by May 14, 2020 Commentary, History
A demonstration at the California capital May 2.

What Would George Washington Have Done?

By Nancy Spannaus May 2, 2020—The upsurge of public demonstrations against the public health measures being taken to slow the spread of COVID-19 – and even denouncing them as “tyranny” — triggered this question in my mind: What would George Washington have done in the face of such resistance? General […]

by May 2, 2020 Commentary, News
Civil Defense Volunteers in Vimercate, Italy

COVID-19: Lessons from Lombardy

(April 26, 2020–The following article is reprinted from Consortium News, which published it on April 24. It provides an update on our series about the coronavirus pandemic, which I launched on March 2 with the article Hamilton’s American System Versus the Virus. The United States can learn a lot from […]

by April 25, 2020 Commentary, healthcare