Stories by Ellen Brown

Ellen Brown is an attorney, chairman of the Public Banking Institute, and author of twelve books including the bestselling Web of Debt. In her latest book, The Public Bank Solution, she explores successful public banking models historically and globally. She is currently running for California State Treasurer on a state bank platform.  subscribe to Ellen Brown's feed

Posted on: Jul 28, 2014, Source: Web of Debt blog

The rules of money and banking have changed every 20 or 30 years — now is the time for an overhaul.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2014, Source: Web of Debt blog

Did the banksters just meet their match?

Posted on: Jul 7, 2014, Source: Web of Debt blog

Local governments, however, could resort to tactics such as eminent domain if the federal government won't do anything.

Posted on: Jun 23, 2014, Source: Web of Debt blog

In China and elsewhere, central banks are turning from monetary policy to asset grabs.

Posted on: Jun 3, 2014, Source: Web of Debt blog

Financing infrastructure costs more than building it.

Posted on: May 18, 2014, Source: Web of Debt blog

Public banks, on the other hand, pose no problem with the Constitution.

Posted on: May 7, 2014, Source: Web of Debt blog

The plan to sequester funds urgently needed by Main Street to pay for Wall Street’s malfeasance is a bad one. Solution: a state-owned bank.

Posted on: Apr 23, 2014, Source: Web of Debt blog

Are Wall Street banks really too big to prosecute? Maybe not.

Posted on: Mar 29, 2014, Source: Web of Debt blog

Shocking new deal pushed through by elites is a ticking time bomb for taxpayers and depositors.

Posted on: Mar 3, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Mayor Gayle McLaughlin is using eminent domain to help homeowners and challenge Too Big to Fail.

Posted on: Feb 14, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The credit card biz is now the banking industry’s biggest cash cow, mostly due to fat hidden fees.

Posted on: Jan 30, 2014, Source: Web of Debt blog

North Dakota has a public bank. Why not your state or city?

Posted on: Dec 23, 2013, Source: Web of Debt blog

Could we make the Fed a public utility?

Posted on: Dec 7, 2013, Source: Web of Debt blog

The Fed could be an institution that serves all the people, not just the 1%.

Posted on: Nov 11, 2013, Source: Web of Debt blog

The secret to all the smiles is putting the people first.

Posted on: Nov 5, 2013, Source: Web of Debt blog

The oppressors have demanded austerity and more austerity from Ireland, forcing the public to pick up the tab for bills incurred by profligate private bankers.

Posted on: Oct 7, 2013, Source: Web of Debt blog

The government seems to be getting ready for the next crisis. What about you?

Posted on: Sep 23, 2013, Source: Web of Debt blog

A national postal and infrastructure bank could protect our money, rebuild the nation, and won't cost taxpayers a dime.

Posted on: Sep 17, 2013, Source: Web of Debt blog

Banking policies are perversely pushing self-destruction in the financial sector.

Posted on: Sep 4, 2013, Source: Web of Debt blog

Iraq and Libya have been taken out, and Iran has been heavily boycotted. Syria is now in the cross-hairs. Why? Here is one overlooked scenario.

Posted on: Aug 26, 2013, Source: Web of Debt blog

Aren’t there rules against that? And where are the banks getting the money?

Posted on: Aug 19, 2013, Source: Web of Debt blog

Spitzer as comptroller: Good for New York, good for women, terrifying for Wall Street abusers.

Posted on: Aug 5, 2013, Source: Web of Debt blog

Municipal workers could be robbed of pension funds to pay big banks for payments due on interest rate swaps.

Posted on: Jul 30, 2013, Source: Web of Debt blog

A city overcomes obstacles to protect citizens' money and to offer benefits big banks can't match.

Posted on: Jul 23, 2013, Source: Web of Debt blog

The Fed could help with jobs, student debt, and bankruptcies like Detroit. So how abut it?

Posted on: Jul 5, 2013, Source: Web of Debt blog

A trend to shift responsibility for bank losses onto blameless depositors lets banks gamble away your money.

Posted on: Jun 14, 2013, Source: Web of Debt blog

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s “Bank on Students Loan Fairness Act” has been denounced as populist demogoguery. Here's why it isn't.

Posted on: Apr 29, 2013, Source: Web of Debt blog

The new rules for keeping too-big-to-fail alive: use creditor funds, including uninsured deposits, to recapitalize failing banks.

Posted on: Apr 9, 2013, Source: Web of Debt blog

Derivatives turn the financial system into a casino. And the House always wins.

Posted on: Mar 28, 2013, Source: Web of Debt blog

Confiscating the customer deposits in Cyprus banks was not a one-off. It could happen here.

Posted on: Mar 21, 2013, Source: Web of Debt blog

Confiscation has been avoided for the moment. But the plan was long in the making, and it isn’t limited to Cyprus.

Posted on: Mar 7, 2013, Source: Web of Debt blog

Default on the public debt, nationalization of the banks, and a citizen dividend could actually save the Italian economy.

Posted on: Feb 13, 2013, Source: Web of Debt blog

The road to prosperity is paved with policies geared towards people, not banks.

Posted on: Jan 21, 2013, Source: Web of Debt blog

The coin actually represents one of the most important principles of popular prosperity: the creation of money by sovereign governments, debt-free.

Posted on: Jan 4, 2013, Source: Web of Debt blog

Disaster victims are now expected to shoulder relief expenses that used to be shared publicly.

Posted on: Dec 19, 2012, Source: Web of Debt blog

Congress is said to be held hostage to conservative demands. The real hostages are the debt slaves of our financial system.

Posted on: Dec 11, 2012, Source: Web of Debt blog

From North Dakota to Scotland, the public bank option is winning support.

Posted on: Nov 8, 2012, Source: Web of Debt blog

Banking and credit should become public utilities, feeding the economy rather than feeding off it.

Posted on: Sep 21, 2012, Source: Web of Debt blog

What the country needs is money in the pockets of consumers and a focus on employment.

Posted on: Aug 14, 2012, Source: Web of Debt blog

Letter carriers consider an idea that would generate revenue and provide vital services to the unbanked.

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