Post Tagged with: "FDR"

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 1 comment News, Nuclear Power
Norris Dam, the first to be completed by the TVA

An American System Mindset for 2021

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 1, 2021—The transition to a new year is a traditional time for in-depth reflection on the state of our nation and ourselves, and this year, it is more urgent than ever. A huge portion of our citizenry, faced with the horrors of the pandemic, unemployment, opioid […]

by January 1, 2021 0 comments Commentary, Infrastructure
PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, 1936. 
Franklin Delano Roosevelt accepting his party's nomination for a second Presidential term at the National Democratic Convention at Philadelphia in 1936.

America’s New “Rendezvous with Destiny”

By Angela Vullo December 17, 2020–As Christmas 2020 approaches, images of the same time period in 1932 come to mind: unemployment lines, swamped food banks, eviction notices, and more.  The images are only overshadowed by the staggering number of deaths and other effects of the current deadly pandemic.  While the […]

by December 17, 2020 1 comment Infrastructure Bank, News
CWA workers building a library in Maryland.

The Emergency Jobs Program of 1933-34

By Nancy Spannaus Nov. 21, 2020—When FDR’s relief expert Harry Hopkins told FDR about the looming emergency for tens of millions of Americans in the winter of 1933-34, FDR authorized action. If nothing were done, Hopkins had said, people would starve en masse. Immediate action was needed, because, as he […]

by November 21, 2020 0 comments Commentary, History
An anti-populist cartoon from the 1890s, as reproduced by Thomas Frank

Can We Revive “We the People?”

A Review of Thomas Frank’s The People, NO! A Brief History of Anti-Populism By Nancy Spannaus Nov. 7, 2020—As the current brawl over the presidential election results should make clear, the people of the United States are dangerously divided, almost split down the middle. In my view, the question before […]

by November 7, 2020 3 comments History, Review
Countering Myths about Alexander Hamilton

Countering Myths about Alexander Hamilton

A Report on the AHA Society’s Book Club Discussion with Dr. Stephen F. Knott By Nancy Spannaus Oct. 22, 2020—The Alexander Hamilton Awareness (AHA) Society did another public service with its Oct. 18 book club discussion with Dr. Stephen F. Knott. The event provoked a lively and informative discussion countering […]

by October 24, 2020 1 comment Alexander Hamilton, News
FDR signing Glass-Steagall in June 1933.

A Timely Argument for Glass-Steagall

By Nancy Spannaus* Oct. 14, 2020—The Oct. 2 release of Arthur Wilmarth’s new book calling for a new Glass-Steagall law is timely, and critical.  Unfortunately, it is not clear that the relevant political figures are yet prepared to listen. Wilmarth’s book is entitled Taming the Megabanks: Why We Need a […]

by October 14, 2020 0 comments Glass-Steagall, News
FDR speaks to the nation at his Inaugural

Nation at a Crossroads, Just like 1933

By Angela Vullo September 29, 2020–Ask yourself: Would our country exist today if Franklin Roosevelt had not been elected President? During his four terms, President Roosevelt was faced with two foes, one domestic and one foreign, with an ominous overlap between the two. In the same year that Roosevelt was […]

by October 1, 2020 1 comment Commentary, Infrastructure Bank
FDR joins youth at a CCC camp.

FDR’s 1936 Acceptance Speech

Sept. 2, 2020—My reaction to watching most of the Democratic and Republican conventions can be summed up in one phrase: Wall Street is the winner. Neither party has taken on the reality of the economic and social collapse which the predatory Wall Street financial system has wrought, nor has it […]

by September 2, 2020 3 comments Commentary, History
CWA workers take a break to pose for a picture.

Lessons from FDR: The Hopkins Example

By Nancy Spannaus May 20, 2020—Almost two months ago, the U.S. Congress passed the CARES Act, which committed to spending half a trillion dollars for relief of states and municipalities. Yesterday, the two Administration officials responsible for allocating that money told the Senate Banking Committee that they were still planning […]

by May 20, 2020 1 comment History, News