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.

July 15, 2021  

How did America’s financial system, founded to be a democratic tool of economic development, wind up instead a tool of oligarchic control?  Alexander Hamilton intended that America’s financial system would enable individual initiative and collective well-being through a system of sovereign money and credit, independent of the British financiers who wanted to recapture their lost colony as an economic vassal of the mother country. Our guest Nancy Spannaus, professor and author of Hamilton vs. Wall Street, discusses the significance of Hamilton’s economic vision and principles, and how those principles have been eroded today.

June 17, 2021  

As America’s central bank, the Federal Reserve is the hub of our banking world and connects institutional monetary participants and systems to its critical functions and resources. Access to this network is not guaranteed for those wanting to start a new bank, and the process is arduous. But when five Native American nations began exploring the possibility of creating their own bank to keep their money under tribal control, they were surprised to find active Fed support for their pursuit. Our guest Dennis Ortblad, a former diplomat stationed in Germany, discusses his work with these nations and how the Fed seems to know its policies need improvement when it comes to launching minority depositories. Dennis also talks about Germany’s Sparkassen banks, which for the past 200 years have helped drive that country’s economic success and are one of the models inspiring the American public banking movement.  We’re also joined by Dr. Robert Hockett of Cornell University, who talks with Ellen about digital currencies and the prospect of China taking over as the host of the world’s reserve currency. 

June 11, 2021  

Big Corp Moves In

 

As money systems diversify through new digital systems at all levels of governments internationally, some large corporations are capturing mega-markets through exclusive payment systems.  Primarily in developing countries at this point, these corporations have created systems similar to Visa and Mastercard which can take exclusive, competition-free control of national payment processing.  This dystopic prospect of corporations being able to turn on and turn off transactional payments is the focus of our guest Nick Brown, who helped set up Visa’s debit card network.  We also visit with Dr. Robert Hockett, an expert on all things monetary including the Federal Reserve, who says it’s time for our central bank to focus on funding real production for the national interest rather than being a funder of boundless financial specialization.

May 11, 2021  

Who We Are

 

It takes a comprehensive historical understanding to grasp the true social and economic dynamics that got America started as an independent nation. Global imperialist interests 250 years ago, like today, wanted more than to just retain their wealth; they wanted to lock in oligarchic control. Our guest Anton Chaitkin’s new book Who We Are – America’s Fight for Universal Progress, from Franklin to Kennedy digs deeply into the historical realities which presaged the inequality struggles of today, namely the fight for the rights of humanity over the power of privilege and money. Ellen has an engaging full-length conversation with Chaitkin in this edition of our program.

April 22, 2021  

Would you trade considerable inherited wealth to address the expansive systemic inequities generated by our financial system?  Our guest Chuck Collins did just that and has written a book on how dynasties of private wealth have secreted trillions of dollars in offshore assets by obscuring accounts and creating other types of subterfuge that are served by an extensive and exclusive professional category Collins calls “the wealth defense industry.”  His new book The Wealth Hoarders raises deep questions about the impact of extreme wealth on our economy and democracy.    

 

 

April 8, 2021  

Public banks of one form or another are emerging like Spring flowers. Across the USA a score of new public interest banking initiatives aim to fill service and credit voids that private finance won’t or can’t provide. Today we discuss three emerging applications of public bank principles: serving the substantial number of un-and underbanked people in California through the proposed new BankCAL program, creating a multi-trillion-dollar public infrastructure bank for the US, and clear evidence that public banks have excelled over private banks in responding to the global pandemic crisis. Our guests are Trinity Tran of the CA Public Bank Alliance, Alphecca Muttardy of the National Infrastructure Bank Coalition, and Thomas Marois, a leading expert on public banks globally. 

March 19, 2021  

Land – YO!

The discovery of land as an alternative to income as a basis for taxation is a provocative new territory for those concerned about wealth inequality and public finance. Land value was favored by Adam Smith and promoted by economist Henry George as a fairer methodology for determining appropriate levels of taxation.  Our guest is Alanna Hartzok, Founder and Director of the Earth Rights Institute and author of The Earth Belongs to Everyone. She talks with Ellen about the benefits of land value taxation and how the separation of people from land ownership has damaged a fundamental human connection to economic health and civic community.

 

February 25, 2021  

What Can YOUR Bank Do?

 

It’s not often you hear a bank president say that his bank will instinctively “rush in” to help alleviate economic crises and cataclysms, but that’s what the publicly-owned bank of North Dakota does.  Our featured guest, BND president Eric Hardmeyer, describes his model public bank in both historical and functional terms for a rapidly expanding audience that sees this 100 year old bank as the inspiring icon of the national public banking movement. And our guest, Professor and author of Banking on the State Mark Cassell of Kent State University, further illustrates the proven benefits of public bank principles by describing how Germany’s national system of public banks have established one of the world’s most resilient and potent economies -- and has been doing so for over 200 years.      

 

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? 

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