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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 in Philadelphia

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
An image of slavery in Kentucky. Under Hamilton's system, this oppression would end.

Hamilton’s Economics Aimed to End Slavery

By Nancy Spannaus October 23, 2019—Growing publicity for the off-Broadway play “The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda,” which seeks to rebut the presentation of Alexander Hamilton as an abolitionist, has inspired me to write my own rebuttal. I assert that Alexander Hamilton’s economics aimed to end slavery, from the very beginning, […]

by October 23, 2019 Commentary, News
Leonard da Vinci self-portrait

Our Enduring Debt to Italy

A Reflection on the Occasion of Columbus Day By Nancy Spannaus Oct. 14, 2019—The image of Christopher Columbus braving the dangerous, unknown seas until discovering land in the islands off America has long inspired patriots of the United States. From the earliest days of our republic, his name has been […]

by October 14, 2019 Commentary
The Fuyao company, subject of "American Factory"

“American Factory:” Where’s American Capital?

By Nancy Spannaus Oct. 8, 2019—What happens when a Chinese company takes over an abandoned American factory in the Midwest? That’s the subject of the Netflix film American Factory, which was shown yesterday at the headquarters of the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), AAM President Scott Paul noted that the […]

by October 8, 2019 Commentary, News
FDR joins youth at a CCC camp.

FDR’s Environmentalism: Improve Nature for Mankind

By Nancy Spannaus (Sept. 24, 2019–Yes, we need to improve nature! I am reprinting this article because I believe it is crucial to resurrect the thinking of the author of the original New Deal, in order to address the array of crises being faced by this nation, and the world. […]

by September 24, 2019 Commentary, Infrastructure
An artist's conception of a maglev from D.C. to NYC. The trip would take one hour.

Will 2020 Bring Winds of Change?

By Angela Vullo Aug. 24, 2019–On Sunday night, August 18, MSNBC completed a four-part docuseries called “American Swamp,” which included a segment on infrastructure entitled “Bill to Nowhere.”  The segment detailed both the crisis condition of our national infrastructure and the gridlock in Washington which has failed to address this […]

by August 24, 2019 Commentary