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It’s Our Money with Ellen Brown – We Have All The Answers! – 08.02.17

What’s your problem? Unfunded pension funds? Massive state debt? Creeping privatization? Codification of criminal banking? Today’s program addresses these chronic problems with a baseline look at why these issues persist despite available solutions. Ellen discusses a state budget shortfall solution that can also solve state pension shortfalls. Hint: it involves public banks!  Later she talks with noted banking criminologist Bill Black …

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It’s Our Money with Ellen Brown – Alternating Currency – 06.14.17

Global monetary expert Bernard Lietaer has said that a country would be more stable financially if it had multiple currencies focused on specific sectors of the economy – the idea being that if one goes down, the others can continue to provide needed financial services. Ellen’s guest is Lionel Denenberg, the tech genius behind PayServices, a crypto-currency concept already authorized …

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It’s Our Money with Ellen Brown – Bankers Get Paid First – 05.31.17

Ever notice that regardless of what additional level of public suffering is required, payment of bank debt by governments transcends all.  Debt is the mechanism by which private capital interests retain and control power over public interest and prospects, which is why creating public banks is so important for our cities, counties and states.  This week Ellen talks with a …

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It’s Our Money with Ellen Brown – Fixing the Infrastructure of Finance – 05.17.17

As public physical assets deteriorate the world over, profiteers and corporatists are anxiously positioning themselves to profit from their bursting new markets of imminent demand. If you’re a government trying to serve those needs but don’t have a reliable source of affordable funding, like your own public bank, you’re stuck with the scalpers. Bridges aren’t the only failing civic infrastructure …

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It’s Our Money with Ellen Brown – Bernie, Ralph & Michael – 05.03.17

When three catalytic change agents, Bernie Sanders, Ralph Nader and Michael Hudson, agree that public banking is the way to go, you want to go there!  This week’s “It’s Our Money with Ellen Brown” does just that by looking at why one of America’s most prominent public officials, an anti-corporate national icon and “the world’s best economist” are new passengers …

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It’s Our Money – Dirty Deals! – 04.19.17

“Dirty Deals” is the name of a definitive report about Wall Street’s interactions and financing contracts with cities, counties and states nationwide. It’s a gloves-off look at the many ways public entities are forced to acquiesce to abusive usury in their private-bank-capital borrowing practices for public projects and how we can take effective steps to reverse them. Saqib Bhatti, co-director of Action Center on Race and the Economy (ACRE), discusses why these core financing issues are driving governments around the country to consider public banking and in-house financing mechanisms, and why some of them don’t want to.

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It’s Our Money – Digits – Better Get Used to Them…… – 03.12.17

As cash transactions continue a downward slide toward obsolescence and perhaps even illegality, a host of replacement media are being lined-up to replace the practice of making tactile exchanges when completing transactions. Everyone is used to using credit and debit cards, those intermediaries that digitize payments and do account reckoning. But what lies beyond those captured private industry providers like Visa and Mastercard is an even more exotic and potentially far safer monetary transaction system called “blockchain.” This week Ellen talks with Jon Underwood, the founder and CEO of a blockchain-based parallel payment system called C-pay, a system capable of creating local monetary systems as well as addressing some of the payment world’s stickiest markets, like the developing cannabis markets of the American West.

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It’s Our Money – Folks in the Field – 03.22.17

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.

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It’s Our Money – Can History Please Not Repeat Itself? – 01.25.17

The earliest days of private banking cartels in America occurred before we were the United States. The pattern of private capital determining government policy is centuries old – but so is the sort of public interest banking emerging in the US now. Ellen’s guest Jim Hogue, an author, broadcaster and historian, recounts how the struggle for control of finance rocked the early American colonies and precipitated a permanent war footing enabled by big finance. Later, cohost Walt McRee talks with Dr. Maurie Cohen about his latest book dealing with the future of consumer society and whether we can create a sustainable post-consumerist economy.