Hamilton is the government official most responsible for shaping and structuring the executive branch as it exists today. While Hamilton only succeeded in implementing roughly half of his agenda, we should now drive home the other half.

“Radical Hamilton: Economic Lessons From a Misunderstood Founder,” a new book by Parenti, takes a deep dive through Alexander Hamilton’s writing, along with his public reports as the nation’s first secretary of the Treasury, and emerges with a portrait of a man wildly misunderstood by his most strident critics and his most slobbering followers. The Hamilton of the imagination of …

The Invention of the Police: Why did American policing get so big, so fast? The answer, mainly, is slavery.

July 20, 2020 Issue, by Jill Lepore July 13, 2020 The Chinatown Squad, a notoriously harsh police unit in San Francisco, in 1905.Photograph courtesy Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley To police is to maintain law and order, but the word derives from polis—the Greek for “city,” or “polity”—by way of politia, the Latin for “citizenship,” and it entered English from the Middle …

Stability v. Earthquake – who stays in power according to Allan Lichtman

Right now, polls say Joe Biden has a healthy lead over President Trump. But we’ve been here before (cue 2016), and the polls were, frankly, wrong. One man, however, was not. The historian Allan Lichtman was the lonely forecaster who predicted Mr. Trump’s victory in 2016 — and also prophesied the president would be impeached. That’s two for two. But Professor Lichtman’s record goes …

On The Illegitimacy Of Wealth And Why It Must Be Recuperated

Excerpt, July 2020, full article below The leak of the Panama Papers in early 2016 showed what many of us have known all along – that wealthy individuals have not only built massive personal fortunes through illegitimate means, but that they have also constructed elaborate “asset management” schemes which allow them to hide their money, avoid paying taxes, and hoard …

Land loss has plagued Black America since Emancipation

By Julian Agyeman and Kofi Boone, The Conversation.July 20, 2020 | STRATEGIZE! Above: A group of escaped slaves that gathered on the former plantation of Confederate General Thomas Drayton. After Federal troops occupied the plantation these former slaves began to harvest and gin cotton for their own profit. Corbis via Getty Images. Is It Time To Look Again At ‘Black Commons’ And Collective Ownership? Underlying the …

The Declaration of Independence we know today was a final act in a slowly developing series of rebellious activities that announced the end of the previous regime in America

By Bill Bigelow , www.huffingtonpost.com July 3, 2020 | EDUCATE! Rethinking 4th Of July With Historical Truths Above: Boston Massacre showing the death of the first casualty, Crispus Attucks. In reality, the vast majority of Africans in America fought against the revolution seeking to end their enslavement. The Fourth of July turns an immensely complicated time in U.S. history into a cartoon of miseducation. …

History Shows That Sustained, Disruptive Protests Work: Most progressive victories in U.S. history did not enjoy majority support when they were won

In case after case, a radical minority disrupted the functioning of businesses and state institutions, which sought to restore stability by granting concessions and ordering politicians to do the same. The formerly enslaved Frederick Douglass criticized “those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation,” saying that they “want crops without plowing up the ground,” and “the ocean without …

Possibilism against the givenness of things – when things fell apart, re-ordering society according to new principles

Possibilism against the givenness of things—those were the forces pitted against one another in France from 1789 to 1799. The French revolutionaries were an assortment of unexceptional persons in exceptional circumstances. When things fell apart, they responded to an overwhelming need to make sense of things by ordering society according to new principles. Those principles still stand as an indictment …