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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Friday, April 24, 2015 - 10:45am
The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Death of the Republic
"The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government ." —Article IV, Section 4, US Constitution A republican form of government is one in which power resides in elected officials representing the citizens, and government leaders exercise power according to...
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Monday, April 6, 2015 - 4:00pm
How America Became an Oligarchy
"The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. . . . You have owners." —George Carlin, The American Dream According to a new study from Princeton University , American democracy no longer exists. Using data from over 1,800 policy initiatives from...
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Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 2:45pm
The Noose Around Greece: How Central Banks Harness Governments
Remember when the infamous Goldman Sachs delivered a thinly-veiled threat to the Greek Parliament in December, warning them to elect a pro-austerity prime minister or risk having central bank liquidity cut off to their banks? (See January 6 th post here .) It seems the European Central Bank (headed...
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 2:15pm
Why Public Banks Outperform Private Banks: Unfair Competition or a Better Mousetrap?
Public banks in North Dakota, Germany and Switzerland have been shown to outperform their private counterparts. International private competitors have responded by pushing for regulations limiting the advantages of the public banking model, but public banking advocates are pushing back. In November...
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Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 12:15pm
EU Showdown: Greece Takes on the Vampire Squid
Greece and the troika (the International Monetary Fund, the EU, and the European Central Bank) are in a dangerous game of chicken. The Greeks have been threatened with a " Cyprus-Style prolonged ban k holiday " if they "vote wrong." But they have been bullied for too long and are saying "no more."...
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Friday, December 19, 2014 - 3:00pm
Russian Roulette: Taxpayers Could Be on the Hook for Trillions in Oil Derivatives
The sudden dramatic collapse in the price of oil appears to be an act of geopolitical warfare against Russia. The result could be trillions of dollars in oil derivative losses; and the FDIC could be liable, following repeal of key portions of the Dodd-Frank Act last weekend. Senator Elizabeth...
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Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 10:00am
Bail-In and the Financial Stability Board: The Global Bankers’ Coup
On December 11, 2014, the US House passed a bill repealing the Dodd-Frank requirement that risky derivatives be pushed into big-bank subsidiaries, leaving our deposits and pensions exposed to massive derivatives losses. The bill was vigorously challenged by Senator Elizabeth Warren; but the tide...
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 1:15pm
This Publicly-Owned Bank Is Outperforming Wall Street
While 49 state treasuries were submerged in red ink after the 2008 financial crash, one state’s bank outperformed all others and actually launched an economy-shifting new industry. So reports the Wall Street Journal this week , discussing the Bank of North Dakota (BND) and its striking success in...
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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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