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The Ruins of Detroit, photographed by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre

As Report on “Despair in Rural America” documents: Opioids Can’t Kill the Pain of 40 Years of Post-Industrial Economy

By Angela Vullo Oct. 6–According to two Ohio State University experts, “despair caused by the lack of jobs and hope is the greatest single factor in the growing opioid addiction crisis in rural Ohio.” Mark Partridge, SWANK Chair in Rural/Urban Policy and Mike Betz, Assistant Professor in the Department of […]

by October 6, 2017 News
The American “Special Century” of Economic Progress, Part IV

The American “Special Century” of Economic Progress, Part IV

By Stu Rosenblatt Editor’s Note: This is part four 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, here for Part II,  […]

by October 6, 2017 Commentary
President Trump dumps “public-private partnership” model

President Trump dumps “public-private partnership” model

  Oct. 4–On September 26, President Donald Trump told a bipartisan group of lawmakers that he was convinced that PPPs—public-private partnerships—were not the way to go in rebuilding the nation’s collapsed infrastructure. The devastation of the recent hurricanes has put the issue of infrastructure at the center of national concern. […]

by October 4, 2017 Infrastructure, News
The American “Special Century” of Economic Progress, Part III

The American “Special Century” of Economic Progress, Part III

By Stu Rosenblatt This is part three 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, and here for Part II. 1930-1950: […]

by September 29, 2017 Commentary
Webinar Launches Renewed Mobilization for Glass-Steagall

Webinar Launches Renewed Mobilization for Glass-Steagall

  by Nancy Spannaus Sept. 27, 2017—In an approximately 50 minute webinar, held at AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C. Sept. 26, representatives of several citizen and labor groups launched a renewed mobilization for reinstituting Glass-Steagall banking separation. The webinar was jointly sponsored by Public Citizen, Americans for Financial Reform, and […]

by September 27, 2017 Glass-Steagall, News
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
Our Constitutional Commitment to Economic Progress

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