Monthly Archives: May 2013

Henry Clay and the American System: A Blueprint for American Business




In prior posts, we have discussed Alexander Hamilton’s 1791 Report on Manufactures and Albert Gallatin’s 1808 Report on Roads and Canals and 1810 Report on Manufactures. These reports supplied a political and economic justification for federal governmental aid to encourage … Continue reading




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How Catholics Became Americans — And What It Cost




The following is a slightly expanded version of the Closing Address I gave at the Annual Convention of the Knights of Columbus, New Jersey State Council, on May 18, 2013: I would like to thank the Knights of Columbus and … Continue reading




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Alexander Hamilton and American Business




Alexander Hamilton was recently voted the best Cabinet member in American history in  a poll conducted by the National Constitution Center. Among his greatest accomplishments in his service as Secretary of the Treasury under President George Washington was the preparation … Continue reading




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Virtue Ethics: A Primer




From the time of Plato and Aristotle and for centuries thereafter, moral philosophy and the philosophical discipline of ethics focused upon the character of individual actors and their practice of the virtues. As Dorothea Frode has put it, virtue was … Continue reading




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