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A Crucial Issue Behind the Infrastructure Debate: The Confederate Constitution, or Alexander Hamilton’s?

By Nancy Spannaus Oct. 10—Time’s a’wastin’ for Congress and the Administration to get serious about putting together a plan for a massive infrastructure construction program for the United States, a program which the devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and out-of-control wildfires in the Western United States, have […]

by October 10, 2017 Commentary
The American “Special Century” of Economic Progress, Part IV

The American “Special Century” of Economic Progress, Part IV

By Stu Rosenblatt Editor’s Note: This is part four of a four-part review of Robert Gordon’s The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War, an extremely useful book on the nation’s physical economy. Click here for Part I, here for Part II,  […]

by October 6, 2017 Commentary
The American “Special Century” of Economic Progress, Part III

The American “Special Century” of Economic Progress, Part III

By Stu Rosenblatt This is part three of a four-part review of Robert Gordon’s The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War, an extremely useful book on the nation’s physical economy. Click here for Part I, and here for Part II. 1930-1950: […]

by September 29, 2017 Commentary
Bannon Comments Provoke Debate on the “American System”

Bannon Comments Provoke Debate on the “American System”

  By Nancy Spannaus Sept. 25—Breitbart editor Steve Bannon may have inadvertently done American politics a favor on Sept. 10, when he answered a question on trade policy by 60 Minutes host Charlie Rose by citing the “American System” of economics. The debate about Bannon’s assertions has so far stayed […]

by September 25, 2017 Commentary
The American “Special Century” of Economic Progress, Part II

The American “Special Century” of Economic Progress, Part II

By Stu Rosenblatt This is part two of a four-part review of Robert Gordon’s The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War, an extremely useful book on the nation’s physical economy. Click here  for Part I. Technological Innovations and the Special Century […]

by September 21, 2017 Commentary
The Signing of the Constitution, an oil by Thomas Rossiter. Courtesy of the New York Historical Society

Our Constitutional Commitment to Economic Progress

By Nancy Spannaus Sept. 16—The American Constitution, which celebrates its 230th anniversary Sept. 17, is under vicious assault today, but not just for the reasons most people think. Yes, the Bill of Rights is being violated wholesale, especially by the agencies allegedly set up to protect our security. Equally shredded […]

by September 16, 2017 Commentary
The American “Special Century” of Economic Progress, 1870-1970

The American “Special Century” of Economic Progress, 1870-1970

  by Stu Rosenblatt Editor’s Note: The following is part one of a four-part review of a very useful book for those determined to return the American economy to productive growth. The full article will be available upon completion. The article has been edited by Bonnie James. The Rise and […]

by September 13, 2017 Commentary, Review
The Opportunity for an FDR Shift

The Opportunity for an FDR Shift

By Nancy Spannaus Sept. 9—Those millions of Americans who voted in last fall’s presidential election for a shift from the Wall Street policies which have crushed them over the last 16 years, have every reason to believe they have been betrayed big time over the last eight months. The Democratic […]

A Message That Should Resonate Today: Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address

A Message That Should Resonate Today: Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address

by Nancy Spannaus Aug. 20–It is a testament to the greatness of American System President Abraham Lincoln, that many of his speeches and policies have such a lasting quality, a core of truth, that they are relevant even today. Such, in my view, is Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address. It is […]

by August 20, 2017 Commentary, Founders
LBJ signs Medicare into law on July 30, 1965. (lbjlibrary)

The American System in Healthcare: The Path to Medicare

  By Nancy Spannaus July 20, 2017—The current stalemate on healthcare in the Congress provides a perfect opportunity to “get it right,” beginning with the approach represented in the legislation of “Medicare for all.” The United States is faced with a health care emergency, and action to deal with the […]