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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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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Monday, August 5, 2013 - 1:49pm
The Detroit 'Bail-In' Template: Fleecing Pensioners to Save the Banks
The Detroit bankruptcy is looking suspiciously like the bail-in template originated by the G20’s Financial Stability Board in 2011, which exploded on the scene in Cyprus in 2013 and is now becoming the model globally.
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Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 12:13pm
Think Cyprus Confiscation Scheme Can't Happen Here? Think Again
Confiscating the customer deposits in Cyprus banks, it seems, was not a one-off, desperate idea of a few Eurozone “troika” officials scrambling to salvage their balance sheets.
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Friday, March 22, 2013 - 12:22pm
A Safe and a Shotgun or Publicly-owned Banks? The Battle of Cyprus
If these worries become really serious, . . . [s]mall savers will take their money out of banks and resort to household safes and a shotgun. – Martin Hutchinson on the attempted EU raid on deposits in Cyprus banks
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