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The Norris Dam at Muscle Shoals, the signature dam of FDR's TVA

How FDR Built Vital Infrastructure

Part four of the series Funding Infrastructure the American System Way By Nancy Spannaus April 22, 2021—From rural electrification to roads, water mains, flood control, and national parks (just to name a few), there are few elements of our core national infrastructure today which were not built under the administration […]

by April 22, 2021 0 comments Commentary, Infrastructure
Gen. Ulysses S. Grant

General Grant Routs the Klan

By Bonnie James April 19, 2021–In honor of the birthday, April 27, 1822, of the renowned American Civil War hero and two-term President Ulysses S. Grant, we recall the courageous actions he took as Commander-in-Chief to defend the Constitutional rights of the formerly enslaved Americans, by enforcing the newly established […]

by April 19, 2021 4 comments Commentary, History
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 map showing the original land grant colleges.

Lincoln’s “Internal Improvements” Revolution

The third article in the series Funding Infrastructure the American System Way. See articles one and two on this site. By Nancy Spannaus March 29, 2021—When Abraham Lincoln launched his first political campaign in 1832, he encapsulated his political principles in his typically folksy way: My politics are short and […]

by March 30, 2021 0 comments History, Infrastructure
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 Chesapeake and Delaware Canal today. It was the first canal to get funding from the Bank of the United States.

America’s 1820’s Infrastructure Boom

Part 2 of Funding Infrastructure the American System Way. Part 1 can be found here . By Nancy Spannaus March 15, 2021–Anyone looking seriously at how to fund a comprehensive infrastructure plan for the United States must take an in-depth look at America’s 1820’s infrastructure boom. In the period between […]

by March 15, 2021 1 comment Commentary, Infrastructure
The Watts Bar nuclear plant, one of three run by the TVA.

Biden’s Climate Plan Has a Nuclear Solution

By Jonathan Tennenbaum (March 7, 2021–The following article is reprinted from Asia Times, which published it on March 5, as part 4 in a series entitled “Watch out! Biden wants to save the planet!” I consider its approach coherent with that I put forward in my recent post on nuclear […]

by March 7, 2021 0 comments Commentary, Nuclear Power
The crumbling Hudson River tunnel is a disaster waiting to happen, without major infrastructure investment.

Funding Infrastructure the American System Way

Part one of a series. Parts two, three and four are now available on this site. By Nancy Spannaus March 5, 2021—If there’s one issue the “left, right, and center” of American politics agree on, it’s that our country desperately needs to repair and upgrade its infrastructure, from transportation to water, […]

by March 4, 2021 3 comments History, Infrastructure
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
The death of Gen. Montgomery in December 1775 did not end  Canadian involvement with the American Revolution.

Canada and the American Revolution

Canada and the American Revolution By Gerald Therrien[1] February 18, 2021—Editor’s Note: While this article may appear tangential to this blog’s theme of the American System, I find it highly interesting. After all, why didn’t more of Great Britain’s many colonies – India and Canada, for instance – achieve their […]

by February 18, 2021 0 comments History