It’s Our Money with Ellen Brown – Reviving the America We Were

America’s early financial innovations led a remarkable flowering in world history of expanding economic prospect, at least until the late 20th century.  Since then, financial elites and banking cartels have shifted the emphasis from investing for public benefit to private profiteering through monetary manipulations and resource exploitation. In his latest book “Who We Are,” our guest, historian and author Anton Chaitkin, …

It’s Our Money with Ellen Brown – A Philadelphia Story

Another historic milestone in the emergence of public banks around the country has been reached in Philadelphia with an overwhelming vote of the City Council to establish a Municipal Public Financial Authority.  We talk with two of the citizens that helped realize this success, Vanessa Lowe and Conni Bille. And later in the program Ellen talks with author Michael Mechanic …

It‘s Our Money with Ellen Brown – Michael Hudson on Money and Debt

Celebrated economist Michael Hudson thinks that the world of academic economics is both deceptive and essentially wrong in its formulations of the role of money and debt.  Hudson says today’s oligarchic monetary systems invariably reinforce the flow of profits from labor to the top of the economic ladder.  The result is unsustainable debt, which he says is an historical pattern …

It‘s Our Money with Ellen Brown – Credit Clearing Exchanges

“The magic of compound interest” – interest on interest on borrowed principal – is a primary way monetary wealth grows, but it is at the expense of real economic growth. What if our money system were built on local exchanges directly between producer and consumer? Our guest Thomas Greco, a global voice for community currency systems and credit clearing exchanges, …

It’s Our Money – The Clash of Two Americas

The Clash of Two Americas   Matt Ehret’s new book “The Clash of Two Americas – The Unfinished Symphony” provides an extraordinary tour of the historical landscape that created our economic and political history. A consummate historian and student of the issues that lead to the creation of the political and economic tenets and systems we’ve inherited. Ellen talks with …

It‘s Money with Ellen Brown – The Privatization of Everything

For decades, the importance of public sector institutions has been undermined by powerful private corporate interests. How they have done it and how that process can be reversed is discussed by our guest Donald Cohen, the author of a new book called The Privatization of Everything – How the Plunder of Public Goods Transformed America and How We Can Fight Back.  Cohen …

It‘s Our Money with Ellen Brown – Everyone Deserves to Have a Public Bank

Across the globe, public banks hold assets of about $50 trillion dollars in widely divergent countries and cultures.  While these publicly owned institutions have diverse types of organization and purpose, they share core principles of retaining local equities. In North America new efforts to create local public banks have emerged among First Nation tribes who have been obliged to use …

It’s Our Money with Ellen Brown – Philanthropy – Repression or Regeneration?

The trillion-dollar philanthropy industry has been accused of continuing a racist, colonialist system of economic and cultural suppression. That notion is in dramatic contrast to a broadly favorable appreciation for the largess of wealthy donors who contribute significant sums to thousands of public interest organizations and causes.  What lies underneath that patina of generosity?  Our guest Edgar Villanueva writes in …

It’s Our Money with Ellen Brown – The OCC

The OCC That acronym is not well known by many Americans even though it represents one of the most critical functions of our federal monetary system.  The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the OCC, is the manager of our system of “national banks” which comprise two-thirds of the banks in the country managing assets of about $14 trillion …

It’s Our Money with Ellen Brown – PPP’s and You

When costly projects like infrastructure stare down government budgets, taxpayers and politicians understandably get nervous.  If federal financial support doesn’t take the lead, states and municipalities must come up with large amounts of money on their own usually through bonds and raised taxes.  Another approach widely touted is “public-private-partnerships” – a financial collaboration that shares responsibilities and outcomes between private …