In the world of monetary reformists, there’s a clear understanding that things not only shouldn’t continue as they are, they can’t continue as they are – that systemic failure is upon us as current social and political outcomes tear at the fabric of civil life. Ellen speaks with Gar Alperovitz, one of America’s most venerable reformist thinkers and policy experts, about his new “The Next System Project” to help design and precipitate what should happen next. Also, maybe the national debt is unnecessary after all – author Scott Baker talks with co-host Walt McRee about his new book “America is Not Broke,” and Matt Stannard reports on the financial travesties imposed by Wall Street on American cities.
Many of us aren’t shocked by the recent Princeton study that declares we’re clients of an Oligarchy, not citizens of a Democracy. After a bracing audio clip by George Carlin, Ellen traces how the seeds of American Oligarchy were planted centuries ago by our financially-enforced subservience to the money elite. These seeds have now become a thick forest of obfuscation about the nature of money and our ability to create and control it -- Ellen talks with author and professor Carl Herman about how to break through the mythology of money. And co-host Walt McRee talks with Ira Dember of CommonomicsUSA about their initiative to create a monetary awakening for America’s mayors.