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Web of Debt - 2017-07-23 - Original post - cached version

Illinois is teetering on bankruptcy and other states are not far behind, largely due to unfunded pension liabilities; but there are solutions. The Federal Reserve could do a round of “QE for Munis.” Or the state could turn its sizable pension fund into a self-sustaining public bank.  Illinois is...

Web of Debt - 2017-06-27 - Original post - cached version

Japan has found a way to write off nearly half its national debt without creating inflation. We could do that too. Let’s face it. There is no way the US government is ever going to pay back a $20 trillion federal debt. The taxpayers will just continue to pay interest on it, year after year...

Web of Debt - 2017-06-11 - Original post - cached version

Higher interest rates will triple the interest on the federal debt to $830 billion annually by 2026, will hurt workers and young voters, and could bankrupt over 20% of US corporations, according to the IMF. The move is not necessary to counteract inflation and shows that the Fed is operating...

Web of Debt - 2017-05-17 - Original post - cached version

May 15th-19th has been designated “National Infrastructure Week” by the US Chambers of Commerce, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and over 150 affiliates. Their message: “It’s time to rebuild.” Ever since ASCE began issuing its “National Infrastructure Report Card” in 1998, the...

Web of Debt - 2017-05-17 - Original post - cached version

The cavalry has arrived! Great to see so many young people getting behind public banking. We had a rousing forum on Saturday, May 13th, at the Puente Learning Center in Los Angeles. The links to the Facebook live videos and photo album are here: Part 2: https://www.facebook.com/...

Web of Debt - 2017-04-11 - Original post - cached version

Phil Murphy, the leading Democratic candidate for governor of New Jersey, has made a state-owned bank a centerpiece of his campaign. He says the New Jersey bank would “take money out of Wall Street and put it to work for New Jersey – creating jobs and growing the economy [by] using state...

Web of Debt - 2017-03-14 - Original post - cached version

The Canadian plan also helps Canadians live longer and healthier than Americans. . . . We need, as a nation, to reexamine the single-payer plan, as many individual states are doing.   — Donald Trump, The America We Deserve (2000) The new American Health Care Act has been unveiled, and critics...

Web of Debt - 2017-03-04 - Original post - cached version

A handful of Canadians are waging a noble fight to return their central bank, the Bank of Canada, to its chartered role as a low and no-interest financier of government projects and the public interest. That case is at the center of a new book called Beyond Banksters: Resisting the New Feudalism...

Web of Debt - 2017-01-26 - Original post - cached version

Americans could save $1 trillion over 10 years by financing infrastructure through publicly-owned banks like the one that has long been operating in North Dakota. President Donald Trump has promised to rebuild America’s airports, bridges, tunnels, roads and other infrastructure, something both...

Web of Debt - 2016-12-21 - Original post - cached version

It has been called “a bigger risk than Brexit”– the Italian banking crisis that could take down the eurozone. Handwringing officials say “there is no free lunch” and “no magic bullet.” But UK Prof. Richard Werner says the magic bullet is just being ignored.  On December 4, 2016, Italian voters...

Web of Debt - 2016-12-07 - Original post - cached version

To stimulate the economy, create new jobs and generate new GDP requires an injection of new money. Borrowing from the bond markets or off-balance-sheet in public/private partnerships won’t do it. If Congress won’t issue money directly, it should borrow from banks, which create money on their...

Web of Debt - 2016-11-30 - Original post - cached version

Here are my latest efforts at presenting the public banking model by power point. The longer version was at an event in Englewood, CO, on October 30, called “Taking Back the Money Power: The Public Option in Banking.” The shorter version was at an event in Santa Rosa, CA, on November 9 called “...

Web of Debt - 2016-11-15 - Original post - cached version

Donald Trump was an outsider who boldly stormed the citadel of Washington DC and won. He has promised real change, but his infrastructure plan appears to be just more of the same – privatizing public assets and delivering unearned profits to investors at the expense of the people. He needs to...

Web of Debt - 2016-10-18 - Original post - cached version

School districts are notoriously short of funding – so short that some California districts have succumbed to Capital Appreciation Bonds that will cost taxpayers as much is 10 to 15 times principal by the time they are paid off. By comparison, California’s Prop. 51, the school bond proposal...

Web of Debt - 2016-10-09 - Original post - cached version

“Fish Rot from the Head” So says this week’s guest Bill Black about the recent Wells Fargo scandal in which millions of customers were beset with unrequested accounts that cost them fees and affected their credit scores – another in the long line of Big-Bank violations.  Black, author of “The...

Web of Debt - 2016-10-06 - Original post - cached version

I was very pleased to be able to talk to Ralph Nader about public banking on his radio show and to be a presenter at his “Breaking through Power” conference last week. The radio show is here — https://ralphnaderradiohour.com/breaking-through-power-2/ and the video is here–Filed under: Audio,...

Web of Debt - 2016-09-16 - Original post - cached version

Several central banks, including the Bank of England, the People’s Bank of China, the Bank of Canada and the Federal Reserve, are exploring the concept of issuing their own digital currencies, using the blockchain technology developed for Bitcoin. Skeptical commentators suspect that their...

Web of Debt - 2016-09-16 - Original post - cached version

How did Scandinavia become the world leader in successful, equitable economies?  People.  Like the farmers of North Dakota a hundred years ago, the people pushed back against the failures of the controlling economic elite. Author and professor George Lakey talks with co-host Walt McRee about his...

Web of Debt - 2016-08-25 - Original post - cached version

On the latest episode of “It’s Our Money,” David Morris, co-founder of the Institute for Local Self Reliance, talks with PBI Chair Walt McRee about how to reclaim the narrative that government can and should work well on our behalf. And Ellen Brown talks with “The Earth Belongs to Everyone”...

Web of Debt - 2016-08-02 - Original post - cached version

Bernie Sanders supporters are flocking to Jill Stein, the presumptive Green Party presidential candidate, with donations to her campaign exploding nearly 1000% after he endorsed Hillary Clinton. Stein salutes Sanders for the progressive populist movement he began and says it is up to her to...

Web of Debt - 2016-07-25 - Original post - cached version

Fifteen years after embarking on its largely ineffective quantitative easing program, Japan appears poised to try the form recommended by Ben Bernanke in his notorious “helicopter money” speech in 2002. The Japanese test case could finally resolve a longstanding dispute between monetarists and...

Web of Debt - 2016-07-18 - Original post - cached version

BREXIT, FREXIT, GREXIT – where’s everybody going? The recent vote in the United Kingdom to get out of the European Union is a telling example of how ill-served citizens in the political/financial union are feeling about their status. Such feeling suggests the potential for contagion with other...

Web of Debt - 2016-07-07 - Original post - cached version

California’s “Adult Use of Marijuana Act” (AUMA) is a voter initiative characterized as legalizing marijuana use. But critics warn that it will actually make access more difficult and expensive, squeeze home growers and small farmers out of the market, heighten criminal sanctions for violations...

Web of Debt - 2016-07-01 - Original post - cached version

Brexit could trigger a $500 trillion derivatives meltdown, by forcing the EU to allow insolvent member governments and banks to write down debt. Italy is in financial crisis and is already petitioning for that concession. How to avoid collapse of the massive derivatives house of cards?...

Web of Debt - 2016-07-01 - Original post - cached version

Mayer Rothschild is famously quoted as saying “Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws!” – and so it is. When we look at the distribution of capital, we see that those who control the franchise of creating money through loans and debt rule […]

Web of Debt - 2016-06-23 - Original post - cached version

The war on cannabis that began in the 1930s seems to be coming to an end. Research shows that this natural plant, rather than posing a deadly danger to health, has a wide range of therapeutic benefits. But skeptics question the sudden push for legalization, which is largely funded by wealthy...

Web of Debt - 2016-06-18 - Original post - cached version

California Democratic Party Business and Professional Caucus, Saturday at 6:30 June 18th, at the Long Beach Hyatt Regency Hotel, 200 S. Pine Ave, Long Beach. Moderator – Ray Bishop, Chair, Business & Professional Caucus, County Small Business Commission, City Commission Industrial...

Web of Debt - 2016-06-12 - Original post - cached version

Filed under: video Tagged: debt crisis, Ellen Brown, Federal Reserve, public banking

Web of Debt - 2016-06-02 - Original post - cached version

The Bank of North Dakota started a century ago with the simple goal of service to citizen victims of the Wall Street monopoly. It now inspires the hopes of citizens nationwide, as they struggle to wrest their financial freedom from the same financial masters. Ellen talks with Dr. Rozanne Enerson...

Web of Debt - 2016-05-20 - Original post - cached version

Almost 100 years ago, populist politics marched across America in reaction to the same sort of monetary monopoly that is depriving this century’s citizens of their hard-earned assets and wealth. That deprivation has mobilized an angry, fed-up backlash of folks willing to support any candidate...

Web of Debt - 2016-05-14 - Original post - cached version

“Print the money” has been called crazy talk, but it may be the only sane solution to a $19 trillion federal debt that has doubled in the last 10 years. The solution of Abraham Lincoln and the American colonists can still work today. “Reckless,” “alarming,” “disastrous,” “swashbuckling,” “...

Web of Debt - 2016-05-02 - Original post - cached version

Despite North Dakota’s collapsing oil market, its state-owned bank continues to report record profits. This article looks at what California, with fifty times North Dakota’s population, could do following that state’s lead. In November 2014, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Bank of...

Web of Debt - 2016-05-02 - Original post - cached version

Ellen’s noted guest Dr. John McMurtry describes capitalism as being in a cancerous stage in which it’s being devoured from within by metastasizing greed and self-interest. He also talks about why the establishment hates Donald Trump. Matt Stannard looks at how the banking cancer has affected...

Web of Debt - 2016-04-24 - Original post - cached version

You’ve Been Strip Mined! That’s how Ellen’s guest Les Leopold describes what has happened to the constructive role of capital, such as investment in research and development, expansion and improvement of services and industries. He calls it “economic strip-mining” in which capital speculators...

Web of Debt - 2016-04-11 - Original post - cached version

Exposing tax dodgers is a worthy endeavor, but the “limited hangout” of the Panama Papers may have less noble ends, dovetailing with the War on Cash and the imminent threat of massive bail-ins of depositor funds. The bombshell publication of the “Panama Papers,” leaked from a Panama law firm...

Web of Debt - 2016-04-01 - Original post - cached version

Kiss your cash goodbye! The word is that things would be more convenient, crooks would be confounded and diseases might be thwarted if we’d just get rid of filthy currency as the most essential form of personal financial liquidity. Currently circulating in the corridors of world financial powers...

Web of Debt - 2016-03-13 - Original post - cached version

Critics have long questioned why violent intervention was necessary in Libya. Hillary Clinton’s recently published emails confirm that it was less about protecting the people from a dictator than about money, banking, and preventing African economic sovereignty. The brief visit of then-Secretary...

Web of Debt - 2016-03-01 - Original post - cached version

I’m currently in Switzerland, after presentations on public banking in Reykjavik, Iceland; London, UK; Manchester, UK;  and Cardiff,  Wales. Very interesting and productive trip! A February 13th seminar on public banking was sponsored by the Dawn Party in Reykjavik. Below is a youtube video of...

Web of Debt - 2016-02-25 - Original post - cached version

Ellen speaks with noted historian, economic researcher and journalist William Engdahl about his new book The Lost Hegemon and some backstory facts that belie popular news story narratives. We also revisit another powerful narrative deception in the form of the Trans Pacific Partnership, with...

Web of Debt - 2016-01-26 - Original post - cached version

The world is undergoing a populist revival. From the revolt against austerity led by the Syriza Party in Greece and the Podemos Party in Spain, to Jeremy Corbyn’s surprise victory as Labour leader in the UK, to Donald Trump’s ascendancy in the Republican polls, to Bernie Sanders’ surprisingly...

Web of Debt - 2016-01-26 - Original post - cached version

Ellen joins her daughter Jamie Brown in interviewing Charles Eisenstein, a highly popular visionary re-thinker of the nature and future of economics. The author of “Sacred Economics,” Eisenstein shares insights into some of the core flaws in our economic thinking and helps us to see that we have...

Web of Debt - 2016-01-16 - Original post - cached version

In a landmark infrastructure bill passed in December, Congress finally penetrated the Fed’s “independence” by tapping its reserves and bank dividends for infrastructure funding. The bill was a start. But some experts, including Congressional candidate Tim Canova, say Congress should go further...

Web of Debt - 2016-01-10 - Original post - cached version

My Dec. 29th article “Bail-ins Begin” prompted two video interviews, with Greg Hunter on USAWatchdog.com, and Thom Hartmann, below.     Filed under: Ellen Brown Articles/Commentary Tagged: bail-in, Dodd-Frank, public banking

Web of Debt - 2016-01-10 - Original post - cached version

Ellen speaks with noted author and co-Founder of the Labor Institute, Les Leopold, about how the market mechanics of inequality have succeeded over the past 40 years and what we can do collectively to bring about real change. She also discusses her latest article about the looming crisis that...

Web of Debt - 2015-12-29 - Original post - cached version

While the mainstream media focus on ISIS extremists, a threat that has gone virtually unreported is that your life savings could be wiped out in a massive derivatives collapse. Bank bail-ins have begun in Europe, and the infrastructure is in place in the US.  Poverty also kills. At the end of...

Web of Debt - 2015-12-11 - Original post - cached version

Global developments in finance and geopolitics are prompting a rethinking of the structure of banking and of the nature of money itself. Among other interesting news items: In Russia, vulnerability to Western sanctions has led to proposals for a banking system that is not only independent of the...

Web of Debt - 2015-12-11 - Original post - cached version

Among other items of interest on “It’s Our Money” this week, Ellen interviews Independent presidential candidate Scott Smith, who has a clever plan for eliminating austerity, income taxes and the federal debt without creating inflation.  Archived here.Filed under: Audio, Ellen Brown Articles/...

Web of Debt - 2015-12-04 - Original post - cached version

Ellen speaks with co-host Walt McRee about negative interest and the war on cash, then talks with renowned futurist Hazel Henderson about how far afield economics has gone from its practical obligations to serve the public interest. Matt Stannard rounds out this week’s program on “It’s Our Money...

Web of Debt - 2015-11-20 - Original post - cached version

In uncertain times, “cash is king,” but central bankers are systematically moving to eliminate that option. Is it really about stimulating the economy? Or is there some deeper, darker threat afoot? Remember those old ads showing a senior couple lounging on a warm beach, captioned “Let your money...

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