Ellen Brown

Ellen Brown is an attorney and founder of the Public Banking Institute. She is the author of twelve books, including the best-selling Web of Debt, and her latest book, The Public Bank Solution, which explores successful public banking models historically and globally.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 8:15am
Preparing To Asset-Strip Local Government? The Fed’s Bizarre New Rules
In an inscrutable move that has alarmed state treasurers, the Federal Reserve, along with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, just changed the liquidity requirements for the nation’s largest banks. Municipal bonds, long considered safe liquid...
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Monday, August 25, 2014 - 3:30pm
Colonization by Bankruptcy: The High-stakes Chess Match for Argentina
If Argentina were in a high-stakes chess match, the country’s actions this week would be the equivalent of flipping over all the pieces on the board. – David Dayen , Fiscal Times, August 22, 2014 Argentina is playing hardball with the vulture funds, which have been trying to force it into an...
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A 2008 protest against the Federal Reserve Bank in Charlotte, NC (Credit: Justin Ruckman/cc/flickr) Views
Monday, June 23, 2014 - 8:45am
Buying Up the Planet: Out-of-Control Central Banks on a Corporate Buying Spree
"Finance is the new form of warfare – without the expense of a military overhead and an occupation against unwilling hosts. It is a competition in credit creation to buy foreign resources, real estate, public and privatized infrastructure, bonds and corporate stock ownership. Who needs an army when...
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A new report includes a call from some of the world’s leading economists, including five Nobel Prize winners, to end the “war on drugs” and experiment with alternative policies. (Credit: Report cover / LSE) Views
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 1:45pm
In California, Robbing Main Street to Prop Up Wall Street
Governor Jerry Brown is aggressively pushing a California state constitutional amendment requiring budget surpluses to be used to pay down municipal debt and create an emergency “rainy day” fund, in anticipation of the next economic crisis. On the face of it, it is a sensible idea. As long as Wall...
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Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 1:22pm
Banking Union Time Bomb: Eurocrats Authorize Bailouts AND Bail-Ins
“ As things stand, the banks are the permanent government of the country, whichever party is in power. ” – Lord Skidelsky, House of Lords, UK Parliament, 31 March 2011)
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Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 8:31am
Usurious Returns on Phantom Money: The Credit Card Gravy Train
You pay off your credit card balance every month, thinking you are taking advantage of the “interest-free grace period” and getting free credit. You may even use your credit card when you could have used cash, just to get the free frequent flier or cash-back rewards. But those popular features are misleading.
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Monday, December 23, 2013 - 2:06pm
100 Years Is Enough: Time to Make the Fed a Public Utility
December 23rd, 2013, marks the 100 th anniversary of the Federal Reserve, warranting a review of its performance. Has it achieved the purposes for which it was designed?
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Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 2:02pm
Amend the Fed: We Need a Central Bank that Serves Main Street
December 23rd marks the 100 th anniversary of the Federal Reserve. Dissatisfaction with its track record has prompted calls to audit the Fed and end the Fed. At the least, Congress needs to amend the Fed, modifying the Federal Reserve Act to give the central bank the tools necessary to carry out its mandates.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 2:36pm
Monsanto, the TPP, and Global Food Dominance
“Control oil and you control nations ,” said US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the 1970s. "C ontrol food and you control the people .”
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Monday, August 26, 2013 - 9:18am
The Leveraged Buyout of America
In a letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke dated June 27, 2013, US Representative Alan Grayson and three co-signers expressed concern about the expansion of large banks into what have traditionally been non-financial commercial spheres. Specifically:
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