Commentary

This statue stands in Fairbanks, Alaska as a testimony to U.S.-Soviet collaboration in World War III. (Sputnik)

U.S.-Russian Collaboration: An American System Tradition

By Nancy Spannaus Nov. 30, 2017–Those attacking President Trump’s efforts to achieve cooperation with Russia are not only reckless liars, putting our country and the world in danger; they are abandoning the noblest traditions of United States statecraft. From our fight for independence, through to the assassination of President Kennedy, […]

by November 30, 2017 Commentary
Review: This Attack on Alexander Hamilton is an Attack on the United States Itself

Review: This Attack on Alexander Hamilton is an Attack on the United States Itself

How Alexander Hamilton Screwed Up America Brion McClanahan Regnery History, 2017, 205 pp. By Nancy Spannaus Oct. 26—The radical free-marketeers of the Austrian School of Economics are very unhappy. The dismal results of their dominance of world economic thought since the end of World War II have finally resulted in […]

by October 26, 2017 Commentary, Review
The American System Approach to Tax Reform: JFK Had It Right

The American System Approach to Tax Reform: JFK Had It Right

By Nancy Spannaus Oct. 19, 2017—The battle is on over the Republican tax plan, and there’s no felicitous end in sight. The Republicans are right that economic growth has to be stimulated—but their plan won’t direct money into crucial sectors of the economy. The Democrats are right that the nation […]

by October 19, 2017 Commentary, News
Alexander Hamilton

A Crucial Issue Behind the Infrastructure Debate: The Confederate Constitution, or Alexander Hamilton’s?

By Nancy Spannaus Oct. 10—Time’s a’wastin’ for Congress and the Administration to get serious about putting together a plan for a massive infrastructure construction program for the United States, a program which the devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and out-of-control wildfires in the Western United States, have […]

by October 10, 2017 Commentary
The American “Special Century” of Economic Progress, Part IV

The American “Special Century” of Economic Progress, Part IV

By Stu Rosenblatt Editor’s Note: This is part four of a four-part review of Robert Gordon’s The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War, an extremely useful book on the nation’s physical economy. Click here for Part I, here for Part II,  […]

by October 6, 2017 Commentary
The American “Special Century” of Economic Progress, Part III

The American “Special Century” of Economic Progress, Part III

By Stu Rosenblatt This is part three of a four-part review of Robert Gordon’s The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War, an extremely useful book on the nation’s physical economy. Click here for Part I, and here for Part II. 1930-1950: […]

by September 29, 2017 Commentary
Bannon Comments Provoke Debate on the “American System”

Bannon Comments Provoke Debate on the “American System”

  By Nancy Spannaus Sept. 25—Breitbart editor Steve Bannon may have inadvertently done American politics a favor on Sept. 10, when he answered a question on trade policy by 60 Minutes host Charlie Rose by citing the “American System” of economics. The debate about Bannon’s assertions has so far stayed […]

by September 25, 2017 Commentary
The American “Special Century” of Economic Progress, Part II

The American “Special Century” of Economic Progress, Part II

By Stu Rosenblatt This is part two of a four-part review of Robert Gordon’s The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War, an extremely useful book on the nation’s physical economy. Click here  for Part I. Technological Innovations and the Special Century […]

by September 21, 2017 Commentary
The Signing of the Constitution, an oil by Thomas Rossiter. Courtesy of the New York Historical Society

Our Constitutional Commitment to Economic Progress

By Nancy Spannaus Sept. 16—The American Constitution, which celebrates its 230th anniversary Sept. 17, is under vicious assault today, but not just for the reasons most people think. Yes, the Bill of Rights is being violated wholesale, especially by the agencies allegedly set up to protect our security. Equally shredded […]

by September 16, 2017 Commentary
The American “Special Century” of Economic Progress, 1870-1970

The American “Special Century” of Economic Progress, 1870-1970

  by Stu Rosenblatt Editor’s Note: The following is part one of a four-part review of a very useful book for those determined to return the American economy to productive growth. The full article will be available upon completion. The article has been edited by Bonnie James. The Rise and […]

by September 13, 2017 Commentary, Review