Commentary

Frederick Douglass as a young man

Happy Birthday, Frederick Douglass

by Nancy Spannaus Feb. 14, 2021—Being born enslaved, Frederick Augustus Bailey never could be sure of his birth day, or even year.  Ultimately, as he chose a new last name, Frederick Douglass also chose the date of his birth to be February 14, 1818. Thus, today it is appropriate to […]

by February 14, 2021 0 comments Commentary, Government
The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. (national park service)

Let Us Have Faith That Right Makes Might

In honor of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday By Nancy Spannaus February 11, 2021–“Let us have faith that right makes might, and, in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.”  Those were the words with which presidential aspirant Abraham Lincoln concluded his speech […]

by February 11, 2021 0 comments Commentary, History
The Vogtle nuclear plant, under construction in Georgia, is the only plant being built in the U.S.

Expand Nuclear Power Now!

By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 8, 2021—It is not only necessary, but urgent that the new Administration and U.S. Congress act immediately to expand investment in nuclear power. Such an investment conforms perfectly with Alexander Hamilton’s principles for the American System in two crucial ways. First, it puts the “mechanical genius” […]

by February 8, 2021 0 comments Commentary, Nuclear Power
Americans come together to celebrate the successful Apollo mission in a huge NYC parade.

The Pathway to National Unity

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 25, 2021—President Biden’s inaugural call for national unity, as the nation’s top priority, has been met with cynicism from all sides. Yet, his objective is not only correct, but urgent. The nation’s leadership must devise a pathway to national unity without delay. But what is the […]

by January 25, 2021 0 comments Commentary, Infrastructure
A portrait of Benjamin Franklin in 1762.

While Celebrating MLK, Remember Ben Franklin

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 17, 2021—While much of the nation celebrates Martin Luther King. Jr. on this weekend, my mind also goes to another American fighter for the common good, Founder Benjamin Franklin. (1706-1790) Today is the 315th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s birth. Franklin was the quintessential organizer of our […]

by January 17, 2021 0 comments Commentary, History
Black soldiers in the thousands joined the Revolution. What happened?

Why Did American Slavery Persist?

By Nancy Spannaus January 10, 2021—In a Zoom presentation to a discussion group on Sunday Jan. 3, I began to tackle the question of why, despite enormous activity in favor of abolition in the early period of our Republic, the institution of slavery persisted until the Civil War. My hour-long […]

by January 10, 2021 0 comments Commentary, Slavery
FDR giving his Four Freedom speech, Jan. 6, 1941.

FDR’s Four Freedoms Indict & Inspire Us Today

by Anton Chaitkin January 6, 2021–Eighty years ago, on January 6, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt summarized America’s mission in the world in his Four Freedoms speech. In subsequent declarations and world agreements, the principles of the Four Freedoms came to be recognized as international law, which civilized nations are […]

by January 6, 2021 0 comments Commentary, History
This detail from a painting by Michellino shows Dante holding a book, in which the opening lines of his poem can be seen. (wikipedia)

2021: Celebrate the Year of Dante

Dante Alighieri’s Concept of Statecraft And the Lorenzetti Frescoes in Siena by Bonnie James Jan. 5, 2021–The following article was originally published on June 28, 1999 in The New Federalist newspaper. It is reproduced here with minor editing by the author. The occasion for its republication is the 700th anniversary […]

by January 5, 2021 0 comments Commentary, History
Norris Dam, the first to be completed by the TVA

An American System Mindset for 2021

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 1, 2021—The transition to a new year is a traditional time for in-depth reflection on the state of our nation and ourselves, and this year, it is more urgent than ever. A huge portion of our citizenry, faced with the horrors of the pandemic, unemployment, opioid […]

by January 1, 2021 0 comments Commentary, Infrastructure
Don’t Ignore This Christmas Gift!

Don’t Ignore This Christmas Gift!

By Nancy Spannaus Dec. 24, 2020—There is one gift all Americans[1] have under their proverbial Christmas tree this holiday season.  It is a gift bequeathed to us over a period of centuries by those who dedicated their lives to building our nation according to the principles of serving the general […]

by December 23, 2020 0 comments Commentary