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Civil Defense Volunteers in Vimercate, Italy

COVID-19: Lessons from Lombardy

(April 26, 2020–The following article is reprinted from Consortium News, which published it on April 24. It provides an update on our series about the coronavirus pandemic, which I launched on March 2 with the article Hamilton’s American System Versus the Virus. The United States can learn a lot from […]

by April 25, 2020 0 comments Commentary, healthcare
The Freedman's Memorial in D.C.'s Lincoln Park.

Frederick Douglass Commemorates Lincoln

By Nancy Spannaus April 14, 2020—On April 14, 1876, the great orator and champion of ending slavery, Frederick Douglass, keynoted the dedication of the Freedman’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. On this anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, I am reprinting the full commemorative speech below. The Freedman’s Memorial , also called […]

by April 14, 2020 0 comments Commentary, History
FDR addresses the nation by radio.

FDR: Leadership in a Time of Crisis

In Memoriam By Nancy Spannaus April 12, 2020—It was 75 years ago today that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt departed this life. His relatively early death at the age of 63 meant that much of his vision for bringing the United States and the world into a new era of prosperity […]

by April 12, 2020 2 comments Commentary, History
A partial picture of the book Hamilton Versus Wall Street.

Time to Read Hamilton Versus Wall Street!

A Book for Our Time of Crisis April 5, 2020—A horrific crisis we could have minimized, if not avoided, is already upon us, but this is no time to simply sit back and let it proceed. It’s time to read my book Hamilton Versus Wall Street: The Core Principles of […]

by April 5, 2020 2 comments Commentary
Testing outside a hospital in Padua, a city outside Venice, Italy.

Facing the Virus: Italian and U.S. Healthcare Compared

(The following article is reprinted from Consortium News. It was published on March 23. Previous articles on this subject can be found on this site, including an interview with Andrew Spannaus done early in the month.) By Andrew Spannaus During the March 15 Democratic presidential debate between Joe Biden and Bernie […]

by March 26, 2020 0 comments Commentary, healthcare
An image of the coronavirus published by the Philadelphia government.

Urgent Lessons of the WWII Mobilization

By Stuart Rosenblatt   March 23, 2020–As the horrible reality of the coronavirus contagion begins to sink in, there is now much talk about a “World War II Mobilization” or a “New Marshall Plan” to attack the crisis.  This is now all to the good, albeit a bit tardy to the […]

by March 23, 2020 1 comment Commentary, History
Gen. Washington deals with smallpox during the Revolutionary War.

U.S. Precedents in Protecting Public Health

By Nancy Spannaus March 17, 2020—The United States, and its predecessor colonies, have ample historical precedents for taking aggressive action to protect public health. It’s high time we put appropriate modern versions into effect. One of the first significant actions came during the Revolutionary War itself. The Continental Army had […]

by March 17, 2020 0 comments Commentary, healthcare
An artist's depiction of the triumph of death during the Black Death

Quarantine the Wall Street Banks, and the People!

Urgent Steps to Halt and Reverse the Onset of a New Dark Age By Angela Vullo March 13, 2020–Probably not since the onset of the 14th Century Dark Age has civilization been hit with the simultaneous spread of a killer disease along with the collapse of the global financial system.  In […]

by March 14, 2020 0 comments Commentary, News
Depiction of the coronavirus (cdc.gov)

Hamilton’s American System vs. Coronavirus

by Nancy Spannaus March 2, 2020—As Alexander Hamilton knew well, parsimony—i.e., purchasing everything at the cheapest price, and only when absolutely necessary—is an unwise policy.  That practice doesn’t create wealth, and it certainly doesn’t provide for the health and prosperity of a nation. Shouldn’t our unpreparedness to even test adequately […]

by March 2, 2020 0 comments Commentary, News
Let Freedom Ring!

Let Freedom Ring!

By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 22, 2020—My husband Ed and I just returned from a celebration of Black History Month, and that phrase from Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1963 “I have a dream” speech is still ringing in my ears. It resonates as well with the Negro National Anthem “Lift Every […]

by February 23, 2020 2 comments Commentary, News