Commentary

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon (NASA)

Apollo 11: For All Mankind

By Nancy Spannaus July 20, 2019–“Here men from the planet earth first set foot upon the Moon, July 1969, A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.” This is the message of the plaque which Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left on the Moon 50 years ago […]

by July 20, 2019 Commentary
Hamilton grave site at Trinity Church, in the Wall Street area of Manhattan.

Alexander Hamilton, Patriot to the End

By Nancy Spannaus July 11, 2019—On this 215th anniversary of the assassination of Alexander Hamilton, the sad truth is that very few will publicly mourn this leading patriot, the founder of the American System of political economy. Yes, moving tributes are being sponsored in New York City by the Alexander […]

by July 11, 2019 Commentary, History
The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The Declaration, Through Lincoln’s Eyes

By Nancy Spannaus July 4, 2019—There was perhaps no more ardent supporter of the Declaration of Independence than Abraham Lincoln. He saw the Declaration as the moral foundation of the nation, upon which the Constitution was based. Thus, no matter how much the United States population fell short of its […]

by July 4, 2019 Commentary, History
The Fight Behind the Declaration

The Fight Behind the Declaration

By Nancy Spannaus July 1, 2019–Put yourself, in your mind’s eye, back in June of 1776, specifically, the period between June 7 and July 1. It is precisely at that time that one of the most crucial political battles in the history of the American republic was fought—the battle over […]

by July 2, 2019 Commentary
A depiction of a Lincoln-Douglas debate (National Park Service)

A Reflection on Candidate Debates

By Nancy Spannaus June 30, 2019—A quick survey of the commentary on the recent Democratic presidential debates confirms that I am not the only person who was immediately struck by the contrast between these “sound-byte” events and the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858. But I believe that in this time […]

by June 30, 2019 Commentary
The Tom Thumb, the B&O Railroads premier engine. Rail was an industry Mathew Carey promoted.

Mathew Carey Revived Hamiltonian Economics

By Nancy Spannaus June 19, 2019—The seminal role of Mathew Carey (1760-1839) in promoting and advancing the American System of political economy is a long and important story, mostly obscured in the United States. In this post, I concentrate on re-introducing him, with emphasis on one crucial aspect which is […]

by June 20, 2019 Commentary, History
Statues of the Lincoln-Douglas debate in Alton, Illinois. (Nancy Spannaus)

Remembering Lincoln’s “House Divided” Speech

By Nancy Spannaus June 16, 2019—In my Internet scanning today, I happened to note that it is the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s famous “House Divided” speech, which was given at the Illinois State Republican Convention in 1858. This was the convention which nominated Lincoln to run against Stephen Douglass for […]

by June 17, 2019 Commentary, History
U.S. Federal Debt as percentage of GDP

Hamilton on Debt: Turn It into Capital!

by Nancy Spannaus June 15, 2019–In their June 12 column in Wall Street on Parade, Pam and Russ Martens reviewed the scandal of the century—the fact that the Federal Reserve has bailed out Wall Street to the tune of $27 trillion since the crash of 2008-9. They concluded, appropriately, with […]

by June 15, 2019 Commentary, News
Franklin Roosevelt Addresses the Nation on Banking Crisis in March, 1933

Celebrating FDR’s Hamiltonian Hundred Days

By Nancy Spannaus June 13, 2019—As this blog has argued before, the first Hundred Days of the administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) represented a dramatic turning point  in American history.  As he had promised, FDR asserted the responsibility of the Federal Government to fulfill its Constitutional duty to promote […]

by June 13, 2019 Commentary
"Hooverville" in 1930s Seattle, one of the largest in the country.

Tackling the Housing Crisis

Learning from FDR’s Emergency Action By Nancy Spannaus June 11, 2019—The 2008-9 period of mass housing foreclosures may be over, but the housing crisis in the United States is not. Exorbitant prices in the nation’s major cities, along with burgeoning homelessness centered in many of those same locations, attest to […]

by June 11, 2019 Commentary, History