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.


92 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

    • Dear Professor,
      Please don’t get too hung up on the “Jew” theme. Absolute power corrupts anybody absolutely. Yes, Rothschild was a German Jew and shrewdly corrupt (and it didn’t end there) but this entire world system of deceptive banking practice over the past 250 years now in every national economy (with the exception of Iran, Cuba & North Korea) has permeated every culture, ethnicity and society since then. Thanks for your comments and it IS just like the current situation.

    • 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.

  4. Will bail-in terms and conditions for savings and checking accounts also apply to
    cash held in retail brokerage accounts ?Is a cash balance in a brokerage investment
    account any more “secure” than cash in checking and savings accounts?

  5. The bank problem does not lie with any particular person nor group of persons. It lies in the very structure of banking. It is banking that needs to be fixed, not people.

    • Hello Mr. Charles3000. We meet again, and again agree with your opinion. I like to add that the fix needed for the banking system is what Dr. Ellen Brown is advocating “Public Bank” Additionally I like to mention to the specific, that the majority of the banks employee are not guilty of any crime on the contrary the upper echelons are guilty of “greed” because somebody must came-up with those policies of distruction and distraction ( for a larger plan New World Order). Glad to converse with you.

      • Thank you, Ercole. Ellen’s public bank proposal is one of four serious proposals to fix our monetary system. And her approach is probably the most doable but it does require extensive legislative action. Only one requires no legislative action. The proposal to mint T$ coins would, over time, fix the system and laws are in place to enable that to be done. Obama rejected the idea. A third approach is described at http://www.realmoneyecon.org. The fourth is called MMT and it proposes policy using the present system to attain the best that can be attained from it. As such MMTers are essentially apologists for the central bank system.

  6. Liked article on Pope Francis too.
    Larry Carney

  7. HI Ellen Brown: You’re probably already familiar with this but if you aren’t:

    History of the principal public banks; accompanied by extensive bibliographies of the history of banking and credit in eleven European countries, collected by J. G. van Dillen in his quality of secretary to the International committee for the study of the history of banking and credit.
    Corporate Author International Committee for the Study of the History of Banking and Credit.
    Published The Hague, M. Nijhoff, 1934.
    Location Call No. Status
    Main (Gardner) Stacks HG1551 .I6 AVAILABLE

    Description 2 p. ℓ., [vii]-xii, 480 p. 25 cm.
    Series Contributions to the history of banking
    Contributions to the history of banking.
    Note Contributions are in French, German, English and Italian.
    Bibliography Bibliography: p. [353]-480.
    Subject Banks and banking — History.
    Banks and banking — Bibliography.
    Added Author Dillen, J. G. van (Johannes Gerard), 1883-1969.
    Added Title Public banks, History of the principal.
    Direct Link http://oskicat.berkeley.edu/record=b15415505~S1

  8. I wrote an poem on banking and our money system and history of comerce and debt and gold and the falacy of paper money and the biblical spiritual /references to gold and silver as money, and I’d love to send it to you I think youd be quite interested in it. please respond either through email or you can call me if you want 970 57103 58

  9. Your philosophy on the money system and the medical system are remarkable there just like mine… I’d love to talk to you .. my brother died of cancer about 3 months ago and I wrote a poem on our money system .d I would love to have you read. my name is Nelson Brent Akron Colorado my number is 970 5710 358

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