Commentary

A view of the Grange. I'm standing there in front.

A Visit to Hamilton’s Grange

By Nancy Spannaus June 3, 2019—On May 30, I was thrilled to finally be able to visit the Grange, the summer home which Alexander Hamilton built in the early 1800s. I joined a tour given by the vice-president of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness (AHA) Society, Sergio Villavicencio, who provided a […]

by June 3, 2019 Commentary, News
Time for a TVA on the Missouri

Time for a TVA on the Missouri

On the occasion of the anniversary of the TVA By Nancy Spannaus May 18, 2019—As we celebrate the 86th birthday of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), while in the midst of devastating floods in the Midwest, it is time to turn our minds to building a TVA on the Missouri.  […]

by May 18, 2019 Commentary, Infrastructure
Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, in 1869 at Promontory Point, Utah.

A Railroad to Bind the Nation

Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad on May 10. By Nancy Spannaus May 11, 2019—When President Lincoln, in his Second Inaugural Address, spoke of the need to “bind up the nation’s wounds,” he was not specifically referring to his signature construction project, the Transcontinental Railroad.  But in all […]

by May 11, 2019 Commentary, Infrastructure
Hamilton statue outside the U.S. Treasury building

Hamiltonian Banking: Key to Infrastructure Funding

By Nancy Spannaus May 2, 2019—If Congress and the President are serious about funding a long overdue national infrastructure program, Hamiltonian banking must be the subject of their discussions over the coming weeks. A model proposal for a Hamiltonian National Infrastructure Bank has been proposed by this blog for nearly […]

Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan

Fixing Responsibility for the 2008 Collapse

A review by Nancy Spannaus Market Rules: Bankers, Presidents, and the Origins of the Great Recession Mark H. Rose University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, PA., 2019, 258 pp. April 17, 2019—Call me a populist if you will, but I cannot discuss the financial blowout of 2008 without holding responsible those […]

by April 17, 2019 Commentary, Review
John Trumbull's painting of the signing of the Declaration of Independence

An Unhealthy Economy Makes Unhappy Americans

By Angela Vullo April 17, 2019–The U.S. Declaration of Independence states that Americans are committed to achieving “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  Somewhere along the line that commitment has been lost. As the horrific increase in deaths of despair dramatizes, a large segment of Americans today are, frankly, […]

by April 17, 2019 Commentary
Stephen Knott, i the gentleman with the beard, speaking in Washington, D.C. in 2018.

Debunking Myths About Alexander Hamilton

By Nancy Spannaus April 15, 2019—When I conceived of the polemic which shapes my book Hamilton Versus Wall Street, I knew I would be debunking the myth that Alexander Hamilton was a tool of the financial class. After reading the 2002 book Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth by […]

by April 15, 2019 Commentary, History
An engine from the B&O Railroad, launched during the John Quincy Adams Administration.

Hamiltonian Economics Could Have Prevented the Civil War

Part 2 of a series By Nancy Spannaus March 25, 2019—The most compelling historical argument for the need to restore the Hamiltonian American System is the fact that Hamilton’s economic system could have prevented the U.S. Civil War. I develop this argument in Chapter 10 of my book Hamilton Versus […]

by March 25, 2019 Commentary, History
The industrial complex Alexander Hamilton began in Paterson, NJ in 1791.

No National Unity Without Hamilton’s Economics

Part 1 By Nancy Spannaus March 21, 2019—In Chapter 10 of my book Hamilton Versus Wall Street, I insist that the commitment to economic progress which Hamilton’s American System policies represent, is essential to hold the United States together as a nation. The relevance of this argument to curing the […]

by March 21, 2019 Commentary, History
A portrait of Benjamin Franklin in 1762.

The American Revolutionaries’ International War Against Slavery

Part I. Ben Franklin and Massachusetts Lead the Way By Colin Lowry March 19, 2019 In the original draft of the Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, and John Adams, is a paragraph condemning King George III of Britain for the crime of promoting and enforcing the […]

by March 19, 2019 Commentary, History