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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
National Webinar on Glass-Steagall to be Held September 26

National Webinar on Glass-Steagall to be Held September 26

Sept. 25—Our Revolution, the successor organization to Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, has announced that there will be a national webinar at 1 pm Eastern Time on September 26, devoted to motivating immediate action to pass Glass-Steagall legislation now pending before Congress. The event will be accessible to citizens all around […]

by September 25, 2017 Glass-Steagall, News
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
This Chart from the 1960 report of the US Geological Survey, produced for the Senate Select Committee, shows the top-down thinking characteristic of the Kennedy era concerning development. (screen shot from report; see footnote.)

Federal Capital Budgeting: Kennedy Era Water Projects and The Role of the General Welfare Principle Part II

  By John Ascher Sept. 19—Since the publication of Part One of this series, catastrophic events–and the challenge of an appropriate response– have intervened into our nation’s life with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. This series does not purport to present comprehensive plans for  the infrastructure and great projects needed to […]

by September 19, 2017 Infrastructure
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
Sanders puts Medicare-for-all on Senate Agenda

Sanders puts Medicare-for-all on Senate Agenda

by Nancy Spannaus Sept. 14—With great fanfare and a showing of Senate support that surprised many, Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced his Medicare-for-All bill of 2017 into the U.S. Senate on Sept. 13. Seventeen senators joined him as original cosponsors, and dozens of constituency organizations have voiced their support. In campaigning […]

by September 14, 2017 Medicare For All, News, Uncategorized
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
The Opportunity for an FDR Shift

The Opportunity for an FDR Shift

By Nancy Spannaus Sept. 9—Those millions of Americans who voted in last fall’s presidential election for a shift from the Wall Street policies which have crushed them over the last 16 years, have every reason to believe they have been betrayed big time over the last eight months. The Democratic […]

Elizabeth Warren

Time to Go to the Mattresses! A Review of Elizabeth Warren’s This Fight is Our Fight

This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class By Senator Elizabeth Warren, Henry Holt and Co., 2017, 321 pp. By Angela Vullo Aug. 29–In her newest book, This Fight is Our Fight, released in April of this year, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren tells her story of […]

by September 4, 2017 News
FDR Knew How To Respond To a Monster Storm

FDR Knew How To Respond To a Monster Storm

The following was written in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, but the lessons apply today with the mega-disaster of Hurricane Harvey. by Stuart Rosenblatt   Among the more brilliant accomplishments of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA) was the creation of a mobile workforce that could be […]

by August 29, 2017 History, Infrastructure, News