Anthropologist Margaret Mead is famously quoted as giving credit for most social and cultural change to small groups of individuals who pioneer new priorities and establish new systems. That certainly describes many individuals around the country who are working on the American public banking frontier with multi-year commitments of time, talent and energy, going through the hoops, chicanes, reversals and exhilarations required for creating entirely new banking institutions dedicated to democratizing control of public money for public benefit. We talk with several of these pioneers about their motivations, process, challenges and concerns – snapshots of 21st Century American democracy – as the movement for public banking picks up speed from coast to coast.
North of the Border, Up Canada Way......
Canada is an envied destination for some to get away from it all , but you
can't escape the global banking cartel regardless of which continent you're
on. A handful of Canadians are waging a noble fight to return their central
bank, the Bank of Canada, to its chartered role as a low and no-interest
financier of government projects and the public interest. That case is at
the center of a new book called Beyond Banksters: Resisting the New
Feudalism. We speak with author Joyce Nelson about how the global debt
cartel of international finance is creating a permanent trap for citizens
the world over. And we visit with economic strategist Mark Anielski about
his book The Economics of Happiness - a different way of measuring wealth.