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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
The Hoover Dam was critical to building up Nevada. It's one of many dams now in trouble.

Nevada Legislature Urges National Infrastructure Bank

By Nancy Spannaus May 10, 2021—On May 4, Nevada became the second state in 2021 to pass a resolution urging Congress to establish a National Infrastructure Bank (NIB) based on the time-tested principles used by America’s most successful presidents. As outlined in HR 6422 (116th Congress), Congress would create a […]

by May 10, 2021 0 comments Infrastructure Bank, News
Alexander Hamilton: Our “Pragmatic Visionary”

Alexander Hamilton: Our “Pragmatic Visionary”

New Video Documentary Completes the Story By Nancy Spannaus May 2, 2021—The second part[1] of Hamilton advocate Marianne Als’s video documentary on the life of Alexander Hamilton (The “HamilStory”) is now available. Entitled “The Pragmatic Visionary: Foundations for the New Nation,” the hour-long video provides an in-depth picture of the […]

by May 2, 2021 2 comments Alexander Hamilton, News
How different is Wall Street speculation from a Vegas casino?

How Wall Street Is Destroying Our Economy

By Nancy Spannaus April 5, 2021—I was very happy to see the recent article by Oren Cass of the American Compass, entitled “We’re Just Speculating Here…, The Rise of Wall Street and the Fall of American Investment.” In a lengthy footnoted piece, replete with informative graphics, Cass documents the ways […]

by April 5, 2021 0 comments Manufacturing, News
A screenshot from Als' video documentary

Speaking Up for Alexander Hamilton

By Nancy Spannaus March 22, 2021—Over the last two days, two prominent advocates for Alexander Hamilton have come forward to defend Hamilton’s legacy as a visionary statesman, including against the charges that he was an “enslaver.”  These important initiatives came from Douglas Hamilton, Hamilton’s fifth-great-grandson, who directly took on the […]

by March 22, 2021 0 comments Alexander Hamilton, News
The three electric grids in the United States. Note the anomaly of Texas.

Learning from Energy Insanity in Texas

By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 20, 2021—The dramatic failure of the electric grid in Texas this week, which at one point left more than 4 million of the state’s residents without electricity, should be an object lesson to the country. Texas’s deregulated energy grid is quintessential energy insanity; unfortunately, much of […]

by February 21, 2021 2 comments News, Nuclear Power