Philadelphia Freedom: Birthplace of the Constitution Takes Center Stage

 ‘Cause I live and breathe this Philadelphia freedom
From the day that I was born I’ve waved the flag
Philadelphia freedom took me knee-high to a man
Yeah, gave me peace of mind my daddy never had.

         — Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Philadelphia  Freedom”

It is well known that Philadelphia was the birthplace of the U.S. Constitution and American democracy.  Less well known is that it was also the birthplace of public banking in America.  The Philadelphia Quakers originated a banking model involving government-issued money lent to farmers.  The profits returned to the government and the people in a sustainable feedback loop that nourished and supported the local economy. 

Both landmark events will be commemorated in upcoming gatherings in Philadelphia.  On April 7th, during Occupy Philly’s celebration of its six month anniversary on the mall in front of Independence Hall, the Occupy Philly General Assembly reached consensus in support of the National Gathering Working Group proposal to hold an Occupy National Gathering at the same location from June 30 to July 4, 2012.  The endorsement included a commitment by Occupy Philly to provide the resources necessary to make the first Occupy national gathering in history a resounding success.  The stage was thus set for what could be a revolutionary event located at the historic birthplace of the First American Revolution. 

Resonating with that theme, on April 27th-28th the Public Banking in America Conference will be held at the Quaker Friends Center in Philadelphia, hosted by the Public Banking Institute (PBI).  PBI’s vision is to establish a network of public banks across the country to generate affordable credit according to the priorities of real people, not corporate persons or banks.  These priorities include student loans, sustainable agriculture, worker-owned coops, renewable energy, and so on.  The  Bank of North Dakota, currently the only publicly-owned depository bank in the USA, has over two dozen loan programs reflecting the priorities of the people of North Dakota.

Freeing the American people from the economic injustices perpetuated by Wall Street is what Occupy Wall Street is all about.  We have become slaves to the economic power of Wall Street and their political lackeys.  We now pay obscene amounts of interest to private bankers in exchange for the necessities of life.  The American public thought it was chasing the two pillars of the American Dream:  getting an education and buying a house.  Now both of these pillars have been used against us to further the interests of Wall Street.  Student and mortgage debt are used to club us into servitude.    

Samuel Adams said of those whose allegiance was to money:  “If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”

Oh, Philadelphia freedom, shine on me; I love you.
Shine a light through the eyes of the ones left behind. 

After over six months of OWS protests over economic injustice, the Occupy National Gathering and Public Banking in America Conference will look at solutions, inspired by the revolutionary efforts of those who came before us in the birthplace of American freedom, Philadelphia.    

‘Cause I live and breathe this Philadelphia freedom
From the day that I was born I’ve waved the flag
Philadelphia freedom took me knee-high to a man
Yeah, gave me peace of mind my daddy never had.


8 Responses

  1. Philadelphia Freedom

    Philos and Adelphos- we borrowed those beautiful ideas from the Greek language and blended them together making a wonderful union. This is what we hope to see someday – brotherly love.
    What a perfect birthplace for the constitution and American democracy -AND public banking, the best kind of banking. I hope to see it coming to a city near everyone soon.
    The origins of a banking model derived from the Quakers who lent government-issued money to their farmers, and.the best part – … the profits returned to the government and the people in a sustainable feedback loop that nourished and supported the local economy.’
    I support the priorities of the Public Banking Institute. They rock!

  2. “The Earth Protector Money Plan” proposed in Minnesota could be a model for a national plan. The plan brings “wealth money” into circulation as opposed to more debt with interest. See a snapshot of our plan:

  3. The best way to comemorate the birthplace of our democratic republic and fight for our economic freedom from private banking tryanny is to open is to take you money out of their system and put it into a credit union — today. It’s incredibly easy to do and to my amazement there are many availble. All you have to do to find one in your area is go to the National Credit Union Administration site, and type in your zip code into their credit union locator. This will give a listing of all the credit unions in your location that belong to the NCU, which means that they are insured for up to 250k.

    I can’t think of a better or more powerful way for everyone in the country to protest the Banking Empire and its political servants in Washinton.

    Happy Easter.

  4. It seems to me that Hollywood has done a disservice to America. We have picture movies of the Manson Family, the Muppetts, all kinds of evil, sexual misadventures. No one that I have ever seen has ever tried to craft a movie on the Constitutional Convention, without portraying Southerners as the most evil bastards in the history of the world. Such a movie would certainly have drama, heroes galore and high conspiracy. My God, why haven`t I thought of it before. Better, such a movie would have to at least admit to numerous possibilities for each scene, since records were so scant and we have to infer what happened from years later, perhaps self serving testimony. Imagine… The entrance of George Washington. Who would play the largest character in American history? and so on…

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  7. Human Sovereignty

    There are contiguous individual, ethnoracial, state, federal and world expressions of human sovereignty. Each higher level of sovereignty is premised on the existence of the prior contiguous level of human sovereignty beginning with individual sovereignty and extending to the level of world sovereignty.

    Humans seek both material and moral freedom. The five expressions of human sovereignty can be neither circumvented, short circuited or crushed. Those who are blindly mired in ethnoracist selfishness and who ignore the moral and holistic aspects of human freedom and sovereignty are frauds, quacks, charlatans and the true enemies of mankind.

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