Ellen Brown, author, attorney, speaker, activist

Ellen Brown is the founder of the Public Banking Institute and the author of a dozen books and hundreds of articles. She developed her research skills as an attorney practicing civil litigation in Los Angeles. In the best-selling Web of Debt, she turned those skills to an analysis of the Federal Reserve and “the money trust.” She showed how this private cartel has usurped the power to create money from the people themselves, and how we the people can get it back.

In The Public Bank Solution, the 2013 sequel, she traces the evolution of two banking models that have competed historically, public and private; and explores contemporary public banking systems globally.

Brown developed an interest in the developing world and its problems while living abroad for eleven years in Kenya, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua. She returned to practicing law when she was asked to join the legal team of a Ellen-photo2popular Tijuana healer with an innovative cancer therapy, who was targeted by the chemotherapy industry in the 1990s. That experience produced her book Forbidden Medicine, which traces the suppression of natural health treatments to the same corrupting influences  that have captured the money system. She also co-authored the bestselling Nature’s Pharmacy, which has sold 285,000 copies.

Ellen ran for California State Treasurer in 2014 with the endorsement of the Green Party garnering a record number of votes for a Green Party candidate. Her blog and articles are at http://EllenBrown.com. The Public Banking Institute is at http://PublicBankingInstitute.org.


83 Responses

  1. The “join the debate” link at webofdebt.com does not work, at least with an Android phone.

    My suggestion for making banking work for all is general: let everyone decide important policies like thislike this via improved and national ballot initiatives. Make sure we all learn from experts like you (as in Oregon’s citizen initiative review) and may the best ideas win. Direct democracy is how we “gather the wisest sentiments,” as the Boston Town Meeting put it long ago: http://evanravitz.com/direct.htm

    I’ve been working on this since 1989, Guatemala being crucial in my political education. Here’s the illustrated story: http://spryeye.blogspot.com/2009/02/why-ive-devoted-20-years-to-better-and.html?m=1

  2. Ellen, I know that you have written on water issues before. I thought that you might find some documents that a number of us submitted to the State Water Resources Control Board on Friday of interest. The link to the document (and summary and press release) is available at the Sequoia Forest Keeper website,


    If you have any questions concerning the document and the arguments contained within, Ara Marderosian of Sequoia ForestKeeper and I would be happy to address them.


    Todd Shuman, Camarillo, CA 805.987.8203

  3. Read your article on the Pope and banking. Usurious Jews? I seem to remember reading about Christian nobles not liking the Jewish competition and eliminating them so they could charge higher rates.

    A little like the current situation. There are lots of very large , predatory banks. But the poster. child for banking greed always seems to be Goldman Sachs. Could it be the Jewy name? Just sayin’ . . .

    Barry Hoffman

    • What’s the point here? Is Goldman Sachs greedy because it has a Jewish name or even owned by a few Jews? We still can’t conclude on the basis of just a few banks owned by predominantly Jewish stockholders that all Jewish owned banks will be greedy.

      I know it is hard to leave behind some of these prejudices we have.

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