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It’s Our Money with Ellen Brown – Banking on People

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 …

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It’s Our Money with Ellen Brown – Land – YO! – 03.17.21

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 …

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It’s Our Money With Ellen Brown – What Can YOUR Bank Do?

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 …

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It’s Our Money with Ellen Brown – What History Did To Economics

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’ …

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It’s Our Money – Debt Defying

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 …

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It’s Our Money with Ellen Brown – What Do You Know?

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 …

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It’s Our Money with Ellen Brown – Transforming Banks

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 …

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It’s Our Money with Ellen Brown – Getting in the Game

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 …

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It’s Our Money – Too Broke for Bankruptcy

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 …

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It’s Our Money – 10.07.20 – Go Ahead and Build It

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 …