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ISI President John Burtka IV opens the conference on political economy. (Nancy Spannaus)

The Future of American Political Economy

By Nancy Spannaus July 26, 2021—More than 200 self-described conservatives, most of them of college student age, gathered at the Hilton Hotel in Old Town Alexandria, VA on July 23 to discuss “The Future of American Political Economy.” The two-day conference was sponsored by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), a […]

by July 26, 2021 1 comment Economy, News
The Second Bank of the United States was key to the U.S.'s 1820 infrastructure boom.

Movement for National Infrastructure Bank Grows

By Nancy Spannaus July 21, 2021—Over the last few months, legislators in five states have passed Memorials to Congress urging the passage of a $5 trillion National Infrastructure Bank (NIB), as outlined in the current House Bill 3339. Both houses in Maine, Nevada, and Rhode Island have endorsed such legislation, […]

by July 22, 2021 0 comments Infrastructure, News
New Videos on American System Now

New Videos on American System Now

By Nancy Spannaus July 18, 2021—I’m pleased to announce the posting of two new videos on the You Tube channel of AmericanSystemNow, both devoted to setting out the American System principles which have been buried or vilified for so long. The first is a three-minute ad, suitable for circulating widely […]

by July 18, 2021 0 comments Alexander Hamilton, News
The original building of the Black college built in Petersburg under the Readjuster period.

The Readjusters: The Black-White Alliance That Once Governed Virginia

By Edward Spannaus July 9, 2021–Editor’s note: The following article was previewed on this blog in 2019, in a post entitled “New History Bulletin Introduces the ‘Readjusters,’” and subtitled “History Does Not Come in Black and White.” However, at that time, the article, published in the Bulletin of Loudoun County […]

by July 9, 2021 1 comment History, News
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

Why We Celebrate Gottfried Leibniz

On the occasion of his birthday, July 1, 1646 By Nancy Spannaus July 1, 2021—I’m asking you to join me in celebrating the 375th birthday of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, a universal genius whose ideas played a critical role in shaping the American republic. You can do that by exploring his […]

by July 1, 2021 1 comment Manufacturing, News
The Juneteenth flag

An Inspiring, Educational Juneteenth Celebration

By Nancy Spannaus June 21, 2021–“By virtue of the power, and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free; and that the Executive government of the United States, including […]

by June 21, 2021 1 comment News, Slavery
A Tennessee bridge collapse in 2019.

Op-Ed Promotes National Infrastructure Bank

June 17, 2021—The following op-ed appeared in Mass Transit magazine on June 8. OP-ED: A National Infrastructure Bank could solve the U.S.’s trillion-dollar infrastructure investment challenge By Stanley R. Forczek The creation of a National Infrastructure Bank will cover project costs that federal, state, and local governments are unable to […]

by June 17, 2021 0 comments Infrastructure Bank, News
Detail of Lorenzetti's fresco Allegory of Good Government in the Town (wikimedia)

Explore the Roots of the American System

By Nancy Spannaus June 14, 2021—One of the common questions I am asked during my classes of Alexander Hamilton’s American System is: Where did Hamilton get his ideas? In a one-and-a-half-hour presentation on June 6, I addressed that question at some length. My power point presentation was entitled “Cameralism, Leibniz, […]

by June 14, 2021 0 comments History, News
Leaking pipes like these are often also contaminated with lead.

An Infrastructure Funding Solution in Plain Sight!

By Nancy Spannaus June 10, 2021—As President Biden shifts course from negotiating with the GOP, to counting on a bipartisan “Group of 20” in the Senate to come up with an infrastructure compromise plan, the ideal solution for funding the trillions of dollars required is in plain sight. As I […]

by June 10, 2021 0 comments Infrastructure Bank, News
South Africa's nuclear plant, the only one on the continent so far.

Africa Is Choosing Nuclear Power

By Nancy Spannaus May 24, 2021—Did you know that 12 nations on the African continent are currently exploring prospects for vastly improving their energy systems by building nuclear power plants? Lawrence Freeman, editor of the blog AfricaandtheWorld, has just published a report on the progress that’s being made. Africa is […]

by May 24, 2021 0 comments News, Nuclear Power