Category Archives: Economics

Three Proposals to Address the Admission of New Refugees




As new refugees are admitted to the United States, here are three suggestions for assisting them to fully function as members of the American society: 1. Assimilation The European experience teaches that a major issue with the admission of refugees … Continue reading




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Improving Our Infrastructure: The Trump Plans




Improvements to the nation’s infrastructure have been a major contributor to the success of American businesses throughout the course of United States history. In my new book, Politics and American Business: The Growth of Industrial America, 1860-1960, I document how … Continue reading




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My New Facebook History Publications Page




Friends: I have just opened a new Facebook page featuring my publications on American History. Please take a look on Facebook at Edward F. Mannino @ManninoHistory. This describes all my books, including the just-released Politics and American Business: The Growth … Continue reading




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Politics and American Business: Adversaries or Allies?




Are business and government allies or adversaries? What is the proper relationship between the two? These questions are important issues for the upcoming presidential, congressional, and state elections. They are also the subject of my new book,¬†Politics and American Business: … Continue reading




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The Slave South: 10 Key Points




I have just completed an excellent online course on the History of the Slave South offered by University of Pennsylvania History Professor Stephanie McCurry. This course was available on Coursera to Penn alumni as an abridged version of the course … Continue reading




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Halliburton and the Fraud on the Market Presumption: A Bad Day for Defense Counsel in the Supreme Court




In¬†Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., No. 13-317 (June 23, 2014), the Supreme Court dealt a serious blow to securities class action defendants. In that case, six justices refused to overrule the presumption of reliance recognized under the … Continue reading




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What Caused the Great Depression?




The Great Depression, which began in 1929 and persisted through much of World War II, crippled the American economy, generated massive unemployment, and challenged the American spirit. What caused the Great Depression? As trial lawyers recognize, there can be multiple … Continue reading




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The President, the Pope, Robert Kennedy, and the Problem of Income Inequality




President Barack Obama has identified income inequality as a major focus of his second presidential term. He has sponsored or implemented programs to raise the minimum wage; extend the period during which unemployment compensation will be paid; and subsidize the … Continue reading




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Why the Populists Lost




Some polls in the last two years report that nearly a majority of the American people would vote for a third party because of their disillusionment with both the Republicans and the Democrats. The prospect of a third party being … Continue reading




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Niall Ferguson on the Degeneration of the Rule of Law




In The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay And Economies Die, Niall Ferguson has presented a perceptive analysis of the shortcomings of our present Western society. He identifies four significant areas in which we have experienced such a “great degeneration.” These … Continue reading




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