It´s Our Money with Ellen Brown “It’s Our Money with Ellen Brown” provides a unique view behind the curtain of global finance and the monetary system by one of the top experts in the field.

February 9, 2021  

What History Did To Economics

 

History happens. Economics is a fabrication. The intersection between them is the space in which public policy and prospects emerge.  Our guest, author and historical scholar Matthew Ehret, has studied the deep historical dynamics that underpinned development of some of the primary economic views of our day such as Hayek’s Austrian austerity and Keynes’ systemic generosity. Ehret says that adherence to one over the other misses the benefit of each and ignores their historical context. Ellen’s conversation with Matt Ehret takes you on an economic history tour of the past 200 years.

January 7, 2021  

Virtually all Americans share personal ties to debt of one sort or another.  While debt can be a useful tool for navigating life, it is too often a requisite resort for those who must depend on it just to get by. Students, patients, low-wage workers – the debilitating impacts and categories of debt are numerous and ubiquitous. One movement is addressing this economic scourge by uniting citizens to educate them and help them take action – co-host Walt McRee talks with national Debt Collective organizer Jason Wozniak about their strategies to help individuals face-off our economy’s debt colossus. And Ellen Brown talks with Professor Tim Canova about the inherent challenges to citizen’s Constitutional rights being brought forward by government-directed Covid lockdowns – can America’s unique Bill of Rights retain relevance in a time of a perceived health pandemic? 

December 18, 2020  

What Do You Know?

 

After almost 100 years of living you’d be surprised what you might learn, especially if you’ve had the high privilege of knowing state secrets. Conclusions and insights drawn from those many years of experience are particularly valuable when they come from an iconic public leader like our guest, the Honorable Paul Hellyer, former Defense Minister of Canada, that nation’s longest-serving Parliamentarian. Hellyer has written 17 books and his latest, Liberation: The Economics of Hope deals squarely with the many overlooked and hidden realities that determine how our world works and for whom. Ellen talks with Paul Hellyer at length about what he’s seen and who he sees is really in charge of this planet and how they shape our democratic future. 

December 3, 2020  

Transforming Banks

 

The history of banking is at the center of cultural evolution from Sumerian tallies of agricultural debts, to the Medici, all the way to the current Global Masters of Capital. But banks today are being called to evolve into more democratic institutions that can foster and nurture human community rather than continuing to prioritize private profits above public interest . Our guests today discuss how some banks are already taking breakthrough roles in stabilizing communities and fostering well-being returns on civic investments. Notable activist banker Kat Taylor, Chair of Beneficial State Bank, joins Foresight Lab directors Ed Quevedo and Mackinzee Macho and ecological economist Mark Anielski to discuss the changing foundations of banking and the transformative prospects that offers.

 

November 12, 2020  

The Federal Reserve and the architecture of our monetary system use private capital and financial marketeers as primary channels for getting money into our economy, while keeping the public off key fiscal playing fields. A new federal-level legislative initiative called the Public Banking Act represents a systemic breakthrough for the role of public interest financial institutions, providing access to the many monetary benefits that could give critical help to citizens, cities and states. Our guest David Jette helped advise the two prominent Congresswomen who sponsored this important legislation. We take a close look at how and why this could be a pivotal moment for the creation of public banks nationally.  

October 29, 2020  

Too Broke for Bankruptcy

It’s a grim irony that only the moneyed can afford the protections of bankruptcy. Even as major companies declare bankruptcy to get relieved of overwhelming debt, expensive pension obligations and union contracts under bankruptcy protection, financially strapped individuals often can’t afford to apply for the same relief.  Enter Upsolve, a free online app designed to help people complete the challenging and often expensive process of claiming bankruptcy protection. Our guest, Rohan Pavuluri Upsolve’s founder and CEO, discusses how their celebrated and highly successful app works.  Later, we continue a discussion with Dr. Robert Hockett about how this moment in Federal Reserve history needs to reclaim some of its original intent.   

October 8, 2020  

Recent decades of American politicians have sidestepped making serious national plans to invest in the country’s debilitated infrastructure. Now our country needs multiple-trillions to restore, improve and create a wide array of public infrastructure projects, from highways to high-speed broadband. A new national grassroots campaign called the National Infrastructure Bank Coalition proposes that we return to our historical routes for financing those projects by creating a public bank to do the job, at no cost to taxpayers!  Ellen speaks with economist Alphecca Muttardy of the NIB Coalition about how that bank would work, and later we talk with Dr. Robert Hockett about how the Federal Reserve could play an active role in making it happen. 

September 24, 2020  

Economist Richard Wolff’s new book “The Sickness is the System” lays out the mechanics of why  capitalism inevitably produces systemic inequities and market failures despite significant market successes. Wolff’s thesis is powerfully illustrated by the economic struggling and deprivation of the current pandemic as well as recurring cycles of booms and busts that shift even more wealth to the capitalist elite.  Ellen talks with Wolff about a better system that is both more equitable and more democratic and why it is increasingly urgent that we move toward it.    

 

September 10, 2020  

The sudden passing of Kevin Zeese has removed from the stage of social, political and economic activism a powerful voice and a tireless worker. Whether leading occupation of the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC in defiance of the government’s intention to bring down their democratically-elected government, leading national efforts against war, helping launch the Occupy movement or a host of other causes, Kevin Zeese made profoundly inspiring and practical contributions to this new era of American democratic action. Zeese was optimistic about the changes brewing over the next few years – we revisit some of his insightful reckonings about this moment in our national history.   

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July 30, 2020  

So says renowned economist Michael Hudson in the concluding part of our recent interview with him.  Hudson makes no bones about the deadly serious game being played by the world’s financial powers and their intention to create a new feudal economic order. Hudson sees the privatization of public assets and institutions, like the Fed’s take-over of the Treasury a hundred years ago, as evidence that our struggle for people-focused public policy is being overwhelmed by debt at the hands of capitalism and greed. But people are rising-up as our guest Rickey Gard Diamond, author of “Screwnomics”, says in her recent article in Ms. Magazine “How Public Banks Make Black Lives Matter”.  She talks with us about women and minorities becoming agents for change in the evolving public discourse about our money.

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