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West Virginia teachers during their 2018 strike.

Teachers Strike for the Common Good

April 8, 2018–The current wave of teachers’ strikes reflects a new wave of anti-Wall Street ferment with great potential. They are political strikes in the sense that the teachers are demanding changes in economic policy by their legislatures, which will not only improve their own living conditions, but those of […]

by April 9, 2018 Commentary, News
American System: Don’t Privatize Veterans’ Care

American System: Don’t Privatize Veterans’ Care

March 31, 2018—President Trump’s firing of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin on March 28, is an ominous sign that proponents of privatizing the medical care system for veterans are gaining the upper hand. Should privatization occur, it would be a violation of principles which were part of the […]

by March 31, 2018 News
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Our Planet: One Strange Rock

Scientific inquiry was always a high priority for the proponents of the American System of Economics—from Ben Franklin and Alexander Hamilton on. I am publishing this news item in that spirit.—Nancy Spannaus  By Marsha Freeman March 24, 2018 – In the early 1800s, naturalist and geographer Alexander von Humboldt set […]

by March 24, 2018 News
Demonstrating for Federal aid to Puerto Rico on March 20 in Washington, D.C.

Puerto Rico: Cancel Debt, Build Infrastructure

By Angela Vullo March 22, 2018–On March 20, Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez (D-NY) hosted a discussion on the subject of “Puerto Rico, Six Months after Hurricane Maria.”  The event provided an opportunity for small businesses and NGOS on the ground to talk about relief work immediately after the Hurricane. What became […]

by March 22, 2018 News
New Book Features Hamilton’s “Financial Revolution”

New Book Features Hamilton’s “Financial Revolution”

By Nancy Spannaus March 16, 2018—Economic historian Richard Sylla of New York University presented his newly published book, Alexander Hamilton on Finance, Credit, and Debt, on March 14 at a National Archives noon lecture. His thesis was a forceful argument that it was Hamilton who was uniquely responsible for the […]

by March 16, 2018 News
American production of pig iron and steel over the decade. (U.S. Geological Survey)

Steel Tariffs: What’s an American System Approach to Saving U.S. Industry?

By Nancy Spannaus March 8, 2018—President Trump’s announcement of his intent to impose 25% tariffs on U.S. steel imports, and 10% tariffs on aluminum imports, has stirred up an essential debate: What will it take to save the U.S. manufacturing sector? Is it even desirable for the government to exercise […]

by March 8, 2018 News
Bipartisan Hearing Debates Congressional War Powers

Bipartisan Hearing Debates Congressional War Powers

By Rochelle Ascher March 1, 2018—Among the major breaches of the American System tradition, as elaborated in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, has been the policy of permanent warfare that has accelerated disastrously since the death of President John F. Kennedy. Thus it is important that on […]

by March 1, 2018 News
Henry Clay

Has Chuck Schumer Opened the Door to the American System?

Jan. 31, 2018—In an op-ed published in the Washington Post on the eve of President Trump’s State of the Union address, Senate Democratic minority leader Chuck Schumer urged the President to propose “a substantial investment in our nation’s infrastructure.” Among the historical examples which he raised was none other than […]

by January 31, 2018 Infrastructure, News
This Minneapolis birdge collapsed in 2007, highlighting the nation's infrastructure disaster.

Trump’s Infrastructure Plan: Where’s the Beef?

  by Nancy Spannaus Jan. 25, 2018—The Jan. 22 leak of an outline of President Trump’s national infrastructure plan, which he says he will announce at his Jan. 30 State of the Union address, has amped up the national discussion on infrastructure funding. On Jan. 24, the President told a […]

by January 26, 2018 Commentary, News
U.S. military contractor fixes a power pole in Puerto Rico (army.mil)

Congress Is Still Abdicating Its Responsibility for Disaster Aid

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 17, 2018—Every Congressman and Senator—not to mention top members of the Federal Administration–swore an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution when he or she took office. That means a commitment to defending the lives and liberty of the entire U.S. population: in sum, its general welfare. […]

by January 17, 2018 News