Commentary

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass: “Knowledge Unfits a Man to be a Slave”

By Nancy Spannaus Nov. 12, 2018—Three days ago, my husband and I attended a local event sponsored by the Edwin Washington Project, a non-profit devoted to documenting the history of education during the era of segregation in Loudoun County, Virginia, where we live. The speeches on the struggle waged to […]

by November 12, 2018 Commentary
An anti-austerity demonstration in Italy in 2012.

Italian Government Prompts Showdown over EU Austerity Demands

By Andrew Spannaus Nov. 8, 2018–The Italian government of Giuseppe Conte, whose EU-critical policies are driven by the leaders of the two coalition partners, and Deputy Prime Ministers, Luigi Di Maio of the Five Star Movement (M5S) and Matteo Salvini of the League, has decided to openly challenge EU budget […]

by November 9, 2018 Commentary, News
An infrastructure bank can fund the high-speed rail we need. Above, a Chinese high-speed train.

A National Infrastructure Bank to Fund Infrastructure in Virginia

By Alphecca Muttardy, Macroeconomist Last updated 10/25/2018 Summary: At present, the State of Virginia spends about 10% of its total public spending (or 1.7% of the state’s GDP) on public infrastructure projects.[1]  Of that total, the Virginia state budget pays for highway construction and improvements at four-year universities; local governments […]

by November 3, 2018 Commentary, Infrastructure Bank
The British surrender at Yorktown.

Victory at Yorktown: A Hamiltonian Perspective

By Nancy Spannaus Oct. 19, 2018—Today we patriots of the United States properly celebrate the decisive victory of American forces over the British at Yorktown, a victory which “turned the world upside”  with the British surrender on Oct. 19, 1781. Although the war continued for another year and a half, […]

by October 19, 2018 Commentary
High-tech manufacturing in action. (DOD report)

DOD Manufacturing Report: American System Needed!

By Nancy Spannaus Oct. 17, 2018—After more than one year of study, a Defense Department task force set up by President Trump released a 139-page report  on Oct. 5 entitled “Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States.” Not surprisingly, it […]

by October 17, 2018 Commentary, News
This Hudson River Tunnel is more than 100 years old.

New York-New Jersey Leaders: Gateway Must Be Built!

by Nancy Spannaus Oct. 9, 2018—On September 4, dozens of elected officials, and leaders from the labor and business community in New Jersey held a press conference in Secaucus to demand that action be taken now to unblock federal funding for the Gateway Project that would replace the antiquated bridge […]

by October 9, 2018 Commentary, News
16th December 1773:  Dressed as Native Americans, a group of Bostonians board a British ship laden with imported tea and throw the full crates into the harbour. This protest against British taxation on tea imports brought the country one step closer to the American War of Independence.  (Photo by Edward Gooch/Edward Gooch/Getty Images)

The 1770 Indian Famine and the American Revolution

Oct. 5, 2018–The following is a guest article, originally published under the title “How Famine in India Sparked the Boston Tea Party and the American Revolution.” It sheds considerable light on what the Founding Fathers and American population at large saw as their possible fate if they did not resist […]

by October 5, 2018 Commentary, History
Lincoln photographed  by Alexander Gardner.

A Lesson in Leadership

By Nancy Spannaus Oct. 2, 2018—Two of our greatest Presidents—George Washington and Abraham Lincoln—chose October 3 to issue proclamations for a national Day of Thanksgiving, to be held late in November. The settings in which they took this action couldn’t have been more different. Washington’s came in 1789, a relatively […]

by October 2, 2018 Commentary
Statue of George Washington at George Washington University.

“Promote … institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge”

By Nancy Spannaus Sept. 19, 2018—The quotation that forms the headline of this post comes from George Washington’s letter to “the people of the United States,” subsequently known as his Farewell Address.[1] That letter was published in the American Daily Advertizer (a Philadelphia newspaper) on September 19, 1796 as an […]

by September 19, 2018 Commentary
Chief Justice John Marshall was appointed in May 1800.

Why John Marshall Matters

The sixth and final article in the series “The Supreme Court Affirms the American System.” Sept. 17, 2018–We publish this article today to commemorate Constitution Day, the 231st anniversary of the signing of the founding document of the United States of America. It was Supreme Court Justice John Marshall who […]

by September 17, 2018 Commentary, History