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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Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 6:41am
Why Congress Won’t Touch Jamie Dimon: JPM Derivatives Prop Up US Debt
When Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase Bank, appeared before the Senate Banking Committee on June 13, he was wearing cufflinks bearing the presidential seal. “Was Dimon trying to send any particular message by wearing the presidential cufflinks?” asked CNBC editor John Carney . “Was he . . . subtly hinting that he’s really the guy in charge?”
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Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 2:11pm
Greece and the Euro: Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover
The Euro appears to be a marriage of incompatible partners.
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 8:22am
Out of the Mouths of Babes: Twelve-Year-Old Money Reformer Tops a Million Views
The youtube video of 12 year old Victoria Grant speaking at the Public Banking in America conference last month has gone viral, topping a million views on various websites.
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Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 7:28am
Cooperative Banking in the Aquarian Age
According to both the Mayan and Hindu calendars, 2012 (or something very close) marks the transition from an age of darkness, violence and greed to one of enlightenment, justice, and peace. It’s hard to see that change just yet in the events relayed in the major media, but a shift does seem to be happening behind the scenes; and this is particularly true in the once-boring world of banking.
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Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 9:34am
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Quiet Drama in Philadelphia
“You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out. You will not be able to skip out for beer during commercials, Because the revolution will not be televised. . . . The revolution will be live.” --From the 1970 hit song by Gil Scott-Heron
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Friday, May 11, 2012 - 1:16pm
Indentured Servitude for Seniors: Social Security Garnished for Student Debts
"The Social Security program…represents our commitment as a society to the belief that workers should not live in dread that a disability, death, or old age could leave them or their families destitute." – President Jimmy Carter, December 20, 1977.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 1:54pm
How the Goldman Vampire Squid Captured Europe
In September 2008, Henry Paulson, former CEO of Goldman Sachs, managed to extort a $700 billion bank bailout from Congress. But to pull it off, he had to fall on his knees and threaten the collapse of the entire global financial system and the imposition of martial law; and the bailout was a one-time affair. Paulson’s plea for a permanent bailout fund —the Troubled Asset Relief Program or TARP—was opposed by Congress and ultimately rejected.
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Monday, April 9, 2012 - 11:49am
All Banks Are Not Created Equal
It is well known that Philadelphia was the birthplace of the U.S.
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Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 1:35pm
Canada’s 2012 Budget: Imposing Austerity on the World’s Most Resource-rich Country
Canada, called the world’s most resource-rich country, is now being subjected to austerity measures like those imposed on third world countries in earlier decades. It is all done in the name of reducing a federal debt that got out of control in the 1970s, when Canada quit borrowing from its own central bank.
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Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 11:18am
The Shadow Bailout: How Big Banks Bilk US Towns and Taxpayers
The “toxic culture of greed” on Wall Street was highlighted again last week, when Greg Smith went public with his resignation from Goldman Sachs in a scathing oped published in the New York Times. In other recent eyebrow-raisers, LIBOR rates—the benchmark interest rates involved in interest rate swaps—were shown to be manipulated by the banks that would have
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