Trillions To The 99%: Ellen Brown Explains Monetary And Credit Reform
April 17, 2012
By Carl Herman
The first 41 minutes of the video below from Claremont Colleges’ Center for Process Studies’ conference, “Money-Creation in a Finite World,” is Ellen Brown’s presentation to explain how credit and monetary reform causes trillions of dollars in annual benefits for Americans (remainder of the video is panel and audience discussion).
The 99% must achieve factual command of the basic facts how money and credit are created, or else continue their debt-damned existence under an oligarchic and Robber Baron-era structure.
Monetary and credit reform can be understood with three simple areas of facts that are taught in basic economics and easily verified:
The US does not have a money supply; we have its Orwellian opposite as a debt supply. This is because the US leading banks won legal right through passage of the 1913 Federal Reserve Act to have private banks and the Fed create debt for what we use as money, and then charge the 99% for its use.
The policy choice of a debt supply compounded with interest causes ever-increasing aggregate debt that can never be repaid. It can’t be repaid because this is what we use for money. The US national debt now pushing $16 trillion has a gross annual interest payment over $400 billion a year; $4,000 per US family of $50,000 annual income (if your household earns $100,000, then your gross annual interest payment is approx. $8,000 every year).
Monetary reform creates debt-free money that extinguishes the debt (details here), and allows government to become employer of last resort for infrastructure investment (hard and soft). This creates full-employment, optimal infrastructure, and because infrastructure historically creates more value to the economy than cost, falling overall prices. Credit reform allows for public loans (interest directly pays for public goods/services) as another monetary tool for stable money supply.