Commentary

Benjamin Franklin epitomized the spirit of American invention (David Mart)

Ben Franklin on the Issue of Credit

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 17, 2019—Some words of wisdom from our philosopher-founder Benjamin Franklin are surely appropriate in these times, and his 313th birthday—to be celebrated today—is a good time to pay them heed.  Old Ben is known for shaping many aspects of our fight for independence, but one area […]

by January 17, 2019 Commentary, History
Hamilton's grand industrial project at Passaic Falls, New Jersey was part of his broad economic vision. (Leonard A. Zax)

An Appreciation of Hamilton’s Society for Useful Manufactures

(The following was written in celebration of Alexander Hamilton’s 262nd birthday, which occurs on January 11th.) By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 9, 2019—One appropriate way to get to know and appreciate Founding Father Alexander Hamilton’s vision and accomplishments for our nation is to get acquainted with his pioneer project in manufacturing, […]

by January 9, 2019 Commentary, History
Abraham Lincoln (public domain)

Abraham Lincoln on “Discoveries and Inventions”

(This post is part of a series on the American System approach to mankind’s relationship to the environment. The other articles are FDR versus Today’s Environmentalism: Saving Mankind and Nature; Nuclear Energy & the Environment: Bring on Small Modular Reactors; and JFK’s Conservation Policy versus Today’s Environmentalism.)   By Nancy […]

by January 7, 2019 Commentary, Statesmen
FDR joins youth at a CCC camp.

FDR versus Today’s Environmentalism: Saving Mankind and Nature

By Nancy Spannaus (This article is the third in a series on the American System approach to the environment. The others were JFK’s Conservation Policy versus Today’s Environmentalism, and Nuclear Energy & the Environment: Bring on Small Modular Reactors .) Jan. 5, 2018—In his own eyes, there was no more […]

by January 5, 2019 Commentary
Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, in 1869.

Make 2019 a New Year of Transformation!

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 1, 2019—Two anniversaries coming up in 2019 reflect that spirit of revolutionary economic transformation which characterizes the American System of Economics. What lessons can we learn from them, and apply to today? The first dramatic event the nation will celebrate is the 150th anniversary of the […]

by January 1, 2019 Commentary
Emergency measures during the Flint water crisis (dreamstime)

Infrastructure Emergency! Flint Water Crisis Flows into Newark and Detroit

By Angela Vullo Dec. 30, 2018–The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in their 2017 Infrastructure Report Card gave the state of drinking water in the United States a D rating, detailing that 6 billion gallons of treated water is lost every day, and that more than $105 billion dollars […]

by December 31, 2018 Commentary, News
Cross-section of NuScale small modular reactor (world nuclear news)

Nuclear Energy & the Environment: Bring on Small Modular Reactors

By Nancy Spannaus December 29, 2018—Surprise! The worst news for the environment last year was not President Trump’s energy deregulation, but the continued momentum toward shutdown of the fleet of U.S. nuclear reactors. Fortunately, there’s good news on the horizon. But, first, where we stand. Suicidal Shutdown Despite the actions […]

by December 29, 2018 Commentary, News
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JFK’s Conservation Policy versus Today’s Environmentalism

JFK’s Conservation Policy versus Today’s Environmentalism features Kennedy’s 1963 speech in Hanford, Washington.

by December 18, 2018 Commentary, History
The Need for Hamiltonian National Banking Today

The Need for Hamiltonian National Banking Today

The Need for Hamiltonian Banking Today contrasts his banking principles with those of Wall Street.

by December 12, 2018 Commentary, Infrastructure
Hamilton’s Report on Manufactures: More Relevant Than Ever

Hamilton’s Report on Manufactures: More Relevant Than Ever

By Nancy Spannaus Dec. 5, 2018—Today’s anniversary of Alexander Hamilton’s most important report, the Report on Manufactures, comes at a particularly ironic time in our country’s history.  On the one hand, the last year has seen a relative increase in real manufacturing jobs (allegedly the most since the mid-1990s), and […]

by December 5, 2018 Commentary, Infrastructure Bank