Tuesday, September 18, 2007

September 24, 2007 Rethinking Money Show with Ellen Hodgson Brown

Listen 7:00- 9:00 pm (PST) to the WeThePeopleRadioNetwork.com and to our guest in the first and second hour- Ellen Hodgson Brown on "Rethinking Money."

Ellen Hodgson Brown is the author of The Web of Debt- The Shocking Truth About Our Money System -- The Sleight of Hand That Has Trapped Us in Debt And How We Can Break Free. Ellen will be attending Monetary Reform Conferences in Chicago September 26th-30th and in the UK October 5th-7th.

Ellen Brown developed her research skills as an attorney practicing civil litigation in Los Angeles. In Web of Debt, she turns her skills towards an analysis of the Federal Reserve and "the money trust." She shows how this private cartel has usurped the power to create money from the people themselves, and how we the people can get it back. 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 popular 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. Brown's eleven books include the bestselling Nature's Pharmacy, co-authored with Dr. Lynne Walker, which has sold 285,000 copies.

Her work on healing is a perfect complement to tackling the systemic problems caused by the current financial system. The global economy is terminally ill and the planet, after a long period of human abuse in the pursuit of power and profit, is in dire need of healing.

In a review of Ellen's book, someone wrote:

    "I can unequivocally say that this is now the definitive work on the world's financial and banking system, the history of money and power in Western civilization, and the dire prognosis for our economy and our personal freedoms, in general, as a result. It is vastly superior to "The Creature from Jekyll Island",... looking back four to five years from now, this could be the most profound non-fiction work of our times. Robert Hemphill, Credit Manager for the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta, when speaking on the same topic as this book, stated, "It is the most important subject intelligent persons can investigate and reflect upon.". .. The mechanics of money and finance have a profound affect on every person's life and well being, and is inextricably linked to the fabric of our society and our freedom. Yet it is almost completely ignored and poorly understood by the common man. As Henry Ford said, "It is well that the people of this nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be revolution before tomorrow morning." ...

    "Ellen Hodgson Brown does a remarkable job at making this subject both easily understandable and richly entertaining... Unknown to most, The Wizard of Oz was written as a parable for our monetary system. Ms. Brown takes us down that yellow brick road and shows us that the reason L. Frank Baum's timeless story resonates with us so deeply is that our own world works much the same way as the Land of Oz, with a parallel cast of characters. It lies within our power, and in this book, to find our own ruby/silver slippers, thus avoiding the crisis to find our way back home to the real utopia."

Carol Brouillet, the show's host, has also organized three conferences with a focus on "Money" and promoted local currencies for over a decade. Most recently, she published the "Conception Dollar which resembles money, but includes art and websites to raise consciousness about solutions to the current military/political/ecological crises that we face.

1 comment:

Carol Brouillet said...

I had a dream last night in which a huge storm, with lightening, wind, thunder, surrounded the house that my mother, my son and I were sharing.

I woke up and thought the dream had been prompted by the conversation with Ellen, who used The Wizard of Oz story to describe the populist, monetary reform movement that took place in the 1900's and said on the show that we didn't have anything to the equivalent of the Populist Movement these days.

It wasn't until 1992 that I became an activist and discovered that there was such a thing as "alternative radio" and social movements that had never crossed my path before. All social movements go through evolutions, and it usually isn't until they are of a critical size that they suddenly "appear" in the media and grab the entire public's attention. In the 1990's the anti-corporate globalization movement finally broke through the mainstream press barrier during the "Battle of Seattle" when they shut down the W.T.O., but the movement was large and had major accomplishments, well before Seattle. In Paris tens of thousands gathered to protest the Multilateral Agreement on Investment- which would have allowed "investors" to put their money into and out of any country, anytime, and would have prevented any government from placing any restrictions to safeguard their people or environments. The M.A.I. was defeated, but showed up, piece by piece in trade agreements, which were harder to rally against.

I would say that there is, indeed, a populist movement, but that it is not "based in the USA," but throughout the world and it is focused against the World Bank, the IMF, the World Trade organization- transnational corporations, militarism, which value power and profits over people and planet.

Wherever the G8 Summit, or world leaders are gathered, one sees more and more protesters. In Denver, Colorado in 1997, thousands of people protested the G8. In Genoa, Italy in 2001, there were hundreds of thousands protesting, the movement had grown considerably.

It was also in the 1990's that conferences on money and local currencies were held and the local currency movement began to blossom (again). There were articles in the Wall Street Journal, the San Jose Mercury News, the Christian Science Monitor, as well as coverage on television stations about the Ithac Hours model. The problems of corporate globalization began to be recognized and local currencies were recognized as one of the solutions.

A book on this subject, has yet to be written, but the movement for monetary reform, in conjunction with large social movements converging for systemic change does seem to be converging right now.