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Time for the Nuclear Option: Raining Money on Main Street

Economists predict that we will soon see the direct injection of central bank-created money into the real economy worldwide. All other options having failed, governments will cover budget deficits by issuing money outright.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE

Financial Support for the People: The U.K. Labour Front-Runner’s Controversial Proposal

British MP Jeremy Corbyn has proposed a “quantitative easing for people” that has critics crying hyperinflation and supporters saying, “It’s about time.”

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE

Trumping the Federal Debt Without Playing the Default Card

How can the U.S. remain strong, with very little debt, without defaulting on Social Security, Medicare or the federal debt itself? By reducing the debt by buying it and ripping it up.

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 READ MORE

Grexit or Jubilee? How Greek Debt Can Be Annulled

The crushing Greek debt could be canceled the way it was made—by sleight of hand. But saving the Greek people and their economy is evidently not in the game plan of the Eurocrats.

Posted on Jul 16, 2015 READ MORE

‘Guerrilla Warfare Against a Hegemonic Power’: The Challenge and Promise of Greece

By nationalizing its banks and issuing digital loans and thus restoring the liquidity desperately needed by banks and the economy, Greece could provide a model of sustainable prosperity for the world. But it is being strangled by a hegemonic power in a financial war being waged against us all.

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE

‘Sentence First, Verdict Afterwards’: The ‘Alice in Wonderland’ World of Secret Trade Agreements

The terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Trade in Services Agreement are so secret that drafts of the negotiations are to remain classified for four years and five years after the deals become law. How can laws be enforced against people and governments who are not allowed to know what was negotiated?

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 READ MORE

‘Fast Track’ Would Hand the Money Monopoly to Private Banks—Permanently

If successful, the rush to “fast track” a trio of controversial trade deals would nip attempts to implement public banking and other monetary reforms in the bud.

Posted on Jun 13, 2015 READ MORE

The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Death of the Republic

On April 22, the Senate Finance Committee approved a bill to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive trade agreement that would override our republican form of government and hand judicial and legislative authority to a foreign three-person panel of corporate lawyers.

Posted on Apr 26, 2015 READ MORE

How America Became an Oligarchy

At the core of the doctrine that all people have “certain inalienable rights” is the right to vote. But the collective will of American voters no longer prevails. And private banking is largely to blame.

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 READ MORE

California Water Wars: Another Form of Asset Stripping?

The battle over California’s limited water supply is pitting the people against the new “water barons”—Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Monsanto and their ilk—who are buying up water all over the world at an unprecedented pace.

Posted on Mar 27, 2015 READ MORE

The Noose Around Greece: How Central Banks Harness Governments

It seems the European Central Bank has made good on a threat by Goldman Sachs to cut off liquidity to Greek banks in the event the nation elected an anti-austerity government.

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 READ MORE

Swimming With Sharks: Goldman Sachs, Schools and Capital Appreciation Bonds

Goldman Sachs is putting the squeeze on California and its school districts.

Posted on Feb 21, 2015 READ MORE

Why Public Banks Outperform Private Banks

Public banks in North Dakota, Germany and Switzerland have been shown to outperform their private counterparts. International private competitors have responded by pushing for regulations limiting the advantages of the public banking model, but public banking advocates are pushing back.

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 READ MORE

EU Showdown: Greece Takes on the Vampire Squid

The Greeks have been threatened by the European financial troika with a “Cyprus-Style prolonged bank holiday” if they “vote wrong” in an upcoming presidential election that looks likely to favor the EU-skeptic, anti-austerity, leftist Syriza party. But they have been bullied for too long and are saying “no more.”

Posted on Jan 10, 2015 READ MORE

Why Do Banks Want Our Deposits? Hint: It’s Not to Make Loans

While banks do not need deposits to create loans, they do need to balance their books; and attracting customer deposits is usually the cheapest way to do it.

Posted on Oct 26, 2014 READ MORE

How to Protect Public Revenues From the Next Meltdown

Concerns are growing that we are heading for another banking crisis, one that could be far worse than in 2008. But this time, there will be no government bailouts. Instead, per the Dodd-Frank Act, bankrupt banks will be confiscating (or “bailing in”) their customers’ deposits.

Posted on Oct 12, 2014 READ MORE

A Public Bank Option for Scotland

If Scotland decides to break away from the U.K., a publicly owned bank with a mandate to serve the interests of the Scottish people could help give the newly independent country true economic sovereignty.

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 READ MORE

Is the Fed Preparing to Asset-Strip Local Governments?

The Federal Reserve just eliminated municipal bonds from its list of high-quality liquid collateral assets. Banks are liable to start dumping them in favor of Treasuries and corporate bonds. The cost of credit will increase for municipal governments and decrease for corporate and financial institutions, and power and financial resources will be further shifted from the public sector to the private sector.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE

Council on Foreign Relations: It’s Time to Rain Money on Main Street

The September/October issue of Foreign Affairs features an article titled “Print Less But Transfer More: Why Central Banks Should Give Money Directly To The People.” It’s the sort of thing normally heard only from money reformers and Social Credit enthusiasts far from the mainstream. What’s going on?

Posted on Sep 1, 2014 READ MORE

Big Banks Hit With Monster $250 Billion Lawsuit in Housing Crisis

In June, investors led by the world’s largest asset manager and the world’s largest bond-fund manager sued some of the world’s largest banks for breach of fiduciary duty as trustees of their investment funds. The investors are seeking damages for the equivalent of 1 million homeowners with $250,000 in damages suing at one time.

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 READ MORE

The Looming Foreclosure Crisis: Local Governments Step In

Mortgage debt overhang from the housing bust has meant lack of middle-class spending power, and low consumer demand is preventing the economy from growing. The problem might be fixed by a new approach from the Fed. But if the Fed won’t act, counties will, as seen in the latest developments on eminent domain and litigation over MERS.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE

Out-of-Control Central Banks on a Corporate Buying Spree

Today, however, central banks are on a global corporate buying spree not to bail out bankrupt corporations but simply as an investment, to compensate for the loss of bond income due to record-low interest rates. Central banks have become some of the world’s largest stock investors.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 READ MORE

California’s Top-Two Primary Eliminates Third-Party Rivals

Primary elections originated in the American progressive movement and were intended to take the power of candidate nomination away from party leaders and deliver it to the people. California’s top two primary takes power away from those third parties representing the 99 percent and delivers it to the 1 percent.

Posted on Jun 8, 2014 READ MORE

Wall Street Greed: Not Too Big for a California Jury

Sixteen of the world’s largest banks have been caught colluding to rig global interest rates. Why are we doing business with a corrupt global banking cartel?

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 READ MORE

The Global Banking Game Is Rigged, and the FDIC Is Suing

Taxpayers are paying billions of dollars for a swindle pulled off by the world’s biggest banks, using a form of derivative called interest-rate swaps. And the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has now joined a chorus of litigants suing over it.

Posted on Apr 13, 2014 READ MORE

The Credit Card Gravy Train Is Running You Down

The credit card business is now the banking industry’s biggest cash cow, and it’s largely due to lucrative hidden fees.

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 READ MORE

Enough Is Enough: Fraud-Ridden Banks Are Not L.A.’s Only Option

JPMorgan Chase has been involved in more than a dozen felonies. Why are we still doing business with it?

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 READ MORE

From Austerity to Prosperity: Why I Am Running for California Treasurer

California cannot solve its budget problems by slashing services that have already been cut to the bone or raising sales taxes that hurt the poor far more than the rich. We are fighting over a pie that remains too small. The pie itself needs to be expanded—and it can be.

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 READ MORE

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100 Years Is Enough: Time to Make the Fed a Public Utility

December 23, 2013, marks the 100th anniversary of the Federal Reserve. Has it achieved the purposes for which it was designed? For the banks, the Fed has served quite well. For the laboring masses whose populist movement prompted it, not much has changed in a century.

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 READ MORE

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Amend the Fed: We Need a Central Bank that Serves Main Street

Congress has the power to amend the Fed—just as it did in 1934, 1958 and 2010. For the central bank to satisfy its mandate to promote full employment and become an institution that serves all the people—not just the 1%—the Fed needs fundamental reform.

Posted on Dec 8, 2013 READ MORE

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Monsanto, the TPP and Global Food Dominance

Global food control has nearly been achieved at grave cost to our health, and if the Trans-Pacific Partnership passes, control over not just our food but our health, our environment and our financial system will be in the hands of transnational corporations.

Posted on Nov 28, 2013 READ MORE

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Public Banking in Costa Rica: A Remarkable Little-Known Model

In Costa Rica, publicly-owned banks have been available for so long and work so well that people take for granted that any country that knows how to run an economy has a public banking option.

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 READ MORE


Is Homeland Security Preparing for the Next Wall Street Collapse?

An Associated Press article in February confirmed a purchase order by the Department of Homeland Security for 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition. That’s enough to sustain an Iraq-sized war for over twenty years. Someone in government seems to expect some serious civil unrest. Why?

Posted on Oct 7, 2013 READ MORE

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A Postal Savings Bank: Infrastructure That Doesn’t Cost Taxpayers a Dime

Necessary banking services the post office performed efficiently in the past, such as infrastructure funding, serving the “underbanked,” and providing a safe place to save your money, could be revived with a single legislative stroke.

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 READ MORE

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The Armageddon Looting Machine: The Looming Mass Destruction from Derivatives

Increased regulation and low interest rates are driving lending from the regulated commercial banking system into the unregulated shadow banking system. Although free of government regulation, these banks are propped up by a guarantee hidden in the 2005 Bankruptcy Reform Act pushed through by Wall Street. The result is a perverse incentive for the financial system to self-destruct.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE

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The Leveraged Buyout of America

Giant bank holding companies now own airports, toll roads, and ports; control power plants; and store and hoard vast quantities of commodities of all sorts. They are systematically buying up or gaining control of the essential lifelines of the economy. How did they pull this off, and where did they get the money?

Posted on Aug 26, 2013 READ MORE

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Truthdigger of the Week: Ellen Brown

Ellen Brown is a major public intellectual and a tireless promoter of a tried and tested solution that may represent Americans’ best chance at taking their society back from predatory bankers.

Posted on Aug 25, 2013 READ MORE

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The Detroit Bail-In Template: Fleecing Pensioners to Save the Banks

The Detroit bankruptcy is looking suspiciously like the bail-in template originated by the G20’s Financial Stability Board in 2011, which exploded on the scene in Cyprus in 2013 and is now becoming the model globally.

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 READ MORE

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Green Light for City-Owned San Francisco Bank

Moving San Francisco’s money into a municipal bank would protect the city’s deposits and reduce its debt burden. A chief roadblock to forming such a bank was recently overcome by a legal opinion issued by one of the city’s deputy attorneys.

Posted on Aug 2, 2013 READ MORE

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Collateral Damage: QE3 and the Shadow Banking System

Rather than expanding the money supply, quantitative easing has actually caused it to shrink by sucking up the collateral needed by the shadow banking system to create credit. This “failure” has prompted the Bank for International Settlements to urge the Fed to shirk its mandate to pursue full employment, though the sort of QE that could fulfill that mandate has not yet been tried.

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 READ MORE

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Think Your Money Is Safe in an Insured Bank Account? Think Again

An international trend to shift responsibility for bank losses onto blameless depositors lets banks take and gamble away your money.

Posted on Jul 5, 2013 READ MORE


The Crime of Alleviating Poverty: A Local Community Currency Battles the Central Bank of Kenya

Former Peace Corps volunteer Will Ruddick and several residents of the Bangladesh slum in Kenya face a potential seven years in prison after developing a cost-effective way to alleviate poverty in Africa’s poorest areas: a complementary currency issued and backed by the local community. The solution has brought charges of forgery from the country’s central bank.

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 READ MORE

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Bail-Out Is Out, Bail-In Is In

The new rules for keeping the too-big-to-fail banks alive allow for the use of creditor funds, including uninsured deposits, to recapitalize failing banks. In the event of another crisis, access to your money would depend on the security of the FDIC. The question, then, is how reliable is the FDIC?

Posted on Apr 30, 2013 READ MORE

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Winner Takes All: The Super Priority Status of Derivatives

With taxpayer bailouts no longer an option, a major derivatives crisis could transfer money currently held by state and local governments and citizens—secured and unsecured, insured and uninsured—into the hands of derivative claimants.

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 READ MORE

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The Confiscation Scheme Planned for U.S. and U.K. Depositors

Confiscating customer deposits in Cyprus banks was not a one-off, desperate idea of a few eurozone “troika” officials scrambling to salvage their balance sheets. A joint paper by the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Bank of England, dated Dec. 10, 2012, shows these plans have been long in the making.

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 READ MORE

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A Safe and a Shotgun or Publicly Owned Banks? The Battle of Cyprus

For now, the government of Cyprus has overwhelmingly rejected a proposed levy on bank deposits as a condition for a European bailout. But if technocrat bankers can push through their confiscation scheme, precedent will be established for doing it elsewhere when bank bailouts become prohibitive for governments.

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 READ MORE

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How Congress Could Fix Its Budget Woes Permanently

Money today is simply a legal agreement between parties. Nothing backs it but “the full faith and credit of the United States.” The United States could issue its credit directly to fund its own budget, just as our forebears did in the American colonies and as Abraham Lincoln did in the Civil War.

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 READ MORE

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The Trillion Dollar Coin: Joke or Game-Changer?

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

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE

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Fiscal Cliff? Let’s Call Their Bluff

Taxpayers and governments that are pushed too far have been known to resort to radical policy measures, and there are some on the table that could fix the problem at its core.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 READ MORE

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Why QE3 Won’t Jump-Start the Economy—and What Would

The economy could use a good dose of “aggregate demand”—new spending money in the pockets of consumers—but QE3 won’t do it. Neither will it trigger the dreaded hyperinflation. In fact, it won’t do much at all. There are better alternatives.

Posted on Sep 22, 2012 READ MORE

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