Commentary

The Oak Ridge complex where nuclear power was born.

A Qualitative Economic Transformation

By Stuart Rosenblatt Aug. 16, 2018–The following is part 5 of a series devoted to “Lessons for a Recovery: The WWII Economic Mobilization.” Click the following titles for the previous parts: Part One , Part Two , Part Three , and Part Four . As the Allies shifted to the […]

by August 16, 2018 Commentary
Louis XVI on the way to the guillotine, just one of thousands to die.

Alexander Hamilton Answers the Historians

Historians on Hamilton, How a Blockbuster Musical is Restaging America’s Past Renee C. Romano and Claire Bond Potter, editors Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, 2018, 399 pp. By Nancy Spannaus Aug. 2, 2018—While I did not have very high hopes for this book of essays critiquing the Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical […]

by August 2, 2018 Commentary
CSX coal cars, a major component of Virginia rail traffic today.

A Proposed Infrastructure Program for Virginia

By Stuart Rosenblatt July 31, 2018–It is time for the nation to embark on a bold national mission, akin to the Kennedy Space Program of the 1960s and the Franklin Roosevelt New Deal and WWII economic mobilizations.  We are in the paradoxical situation where nominal job creation is continuing to […]

by July 31, 2018 Commentary
Steelworkers rally in support of tariffs (AAM)

Finally, Some Calls for a National Industrial Policy

By Nancy Spannaus July 30, 2018—In dealing with the issue of tariffs which the Trump Administration has put on the front burner, I have consistently argued that an American System approach to reviving American manufacturing demands a comprehensive policy of which tariffs may only be a small part. Specifically, the […]

by July 30, 2018 Commentary, News
American System proponent Henry Clay

Henry Clay Attacks Free Trade as British Colonialism

By Edward Spannaus July 25, 2018–Zack Carter’s attack on the doctrine of free trade as colonialism (HuffPost, July 22) might strike many contemporary readers as radical and over-the-top.  But if it does, this is only due to Americans’ ignorance of their own history, as pointed out in a posting on […]

by July 25, 2018 Commentary, History
The riotous scene at the White House party for Andrew Jackson's Inauguration.

Marshall Defends American System against Jacksonian Populism

by Edward Spannaus  Fifth of a series. The first four parts of this series, devoted to “John Marshall and the American System” can be found here. July 23, 2018–With the help of American System champion Henry Clay and his supporters, John Quincy Adams was elected President in early 1825, after […]

by July 23, 2018 Commentary, History
An auto plant converted for war production

The Quintessential Mobilization Economy

By Stuart Rosenblatt The following is part 4 of a series devoted to “Lessons for a Recovery: The WWII Economic Mobilization.” Click the following titles for the previous three parts: Part One, Part Two , and Part Three . July 18, 2018—The evening of December 7, “the day that will […]

by July 21, 2018 Commentary, History
Buzz Aldrin on the Moon, July 20, 1969.

Celebrate the Moon Landing!

By Nancy Spannaus July 20, 2018—Forty-nine years ago today, the United States took a “giant leap for mankind” when its astronauts successfully landed on the Moon’s surface. They not only walked on that heavenly body, but within days returned safely to Earth once again. It took an enormous nationwide effort […]

by July 20, 2018 Commentary
Synthetic rubber production underway.

Creating New Industries from Scratch

The following is part 3 of a series on Lessons for a Recovery: The WWII Economic Mobilization. Part 2 appeared June 19. Part 1 was published May 18. By Stuart Rosenblatt Thanks to the foresight and efforts of President Roosevelt, Jesse Jones, and others, the United States was already in a […]

by July 10, 2018 Commentary, History
New York City's "Billionaires' Row"--It's not the real story.

The Parasite is Devouring the Host: Which Will We Save?

By Angela Vullo July 5, 2018–If you believe the Trump Administration, the media, and some pundits, the U.S. economy is in the midst of a never-ending recovery, best demonstrated by the continuing rise of the financial markets.  But if you peer just beneath the surface, something entirely opposite emerges:  we […]

by July 5, 2018 Commentary