A Crisis of Capitalism is Being Faced by Millennials in South Korea by Ellen Brown

Death to Capitalism

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
October 25, 2019

This 10-page paper was written for the Economics of Happiness Conference co-sponsored by Local Futures, held in Jeonju, Korea, on October 16-17, where I was the keynote speaker — a wonderful city and great experience!

Satisfaction in the workplace is a major component of the “happiness” index; but it is a satisfaction that young people joining the workforce today are not feeling. In a 2017 book titled Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials, Malcolm Harris asks why the millennial generation – those born between 1981 and 1996 – are so burned out. His answer is, “the economy.” Millennials are bearing the brunt of the economic damage wrought by late 20thcentury capitalism, with economic insecurities throwing them into a state of perpetual panic. Harris argues that if they want to meaningfully improve their lives and the lives of future generations, they will have to overthrow the system and rewrite the social contract.

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The True Roots of Money & Banking and How to Pull Off a Modern Debt Jubilee by Ellen Brown

cancel the debt

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
September 1, 2019

We are again reaching the point in the business cycle known as “peak debt,” when debts have compounded to the point that their cumulative total cannot be paid. Student debt, credit card debt, auto loans, business debt and sovereign debt are all higher than they have ever been. As economist Michael Hudson writes in his provocative 2018 book, “…and forgive them their debts,” debts that can’t be paid won’t be paid. The question, he says, is how they won’t be paid.

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NATO’s China Double-Think by Finian Cunningham + Neoliberalism Has Met Its Match in China by Ellen Brown

Stop NATO manifestation, Krakow

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Sputnik
August 9, 2019

The US-led NATO alliance this week designated a whole new hemisphere to itself for “security” operations. No longer merely an “Atlantic” organization, it’s assuming the role of policing the Pacific. Quite a self-promotion.

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How to Pay for It All by Ellen Brown

For All Debts...

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
July 10, 2019

The Democratic Party has clearly swung to the progressive left, with candidates in the first round of presidential debates coming up with one program after another to help the poor, the disadvantaged and the struggling middle class. Proposals ranged from a Universal Basic Income to Medicare for All to a Green New Deal to student debt forgiveness and free college tuition. The problem, as Stuart Varney observed on FOX Business, was that no one had a viable way to pay for it all without raising taxes or taking from other programs, a hard sell to voters. If robbing Peter to pay Paul is the only alternative, the proposals will go the way of Trump’s trillion dollar infrastructure bill for lack of funding.

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The Bankers’ “Power Revolution”: How the Government Got Shackled by Debt + New Book: Banking on the People by Ellen Brown

The Bankers’ "Power Revolution": How the Government Got Shackled by Debt + New Book: Banking on the People by Ellen Brown

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog, May 31, 2019
June 2, 2019

This article is excerpted from my new book Banking on the People: Democratizing Money in the Digital Age, available in paperback June 1.

The U.S. federal debt has more than doubled since the 2008 financial crisis, shooting up from $9.4 trillion in mid-2008 to over $22 trillion in April 2019. The debt is never paid off. The government just keeps paying the interest on it, and interest rates are rising.

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Why Is the Federal Reserve Paying So Much Interest to Banks? by Ellen Brown

Rich Uncle Pennybags

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
April 4, 2019

“If you invest your tuppence wisely in the bank, safe and sound,
Soon that tuppence safely invested in the bank will compound,

“And you’ll achieve that sense of conquest as your affluence expands
In the hands of the directors who invest as propriety demands.”

Mary Poppins, 1964

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Funding A US Green New Deal Without Raising Taxes by Ellen Brown

Green New Deal

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
March 21, 2019

As alarm bells sound over the advancing destruction of the environment, a variety of Green New Deal proposals have appeared in the US and Europe, along with some interesting academic debates about how to fund them. Monetary policy, normally relegated to obscure academic tomes and bureaucratic meetings behind closed doors, has suddenly taken center stage.

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The Venezuelan Myth by Ellen Brown

Hugo Chávez saludando al pueblo

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
February 10, 2019

Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is getting significant media attention these days, after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview that it should “be a larger part of our conversation” when it comes to funding the Green New Deal. According to MMT, the government can spend what it needs without worrying about deficits. MMT expert and Bernie Sanders advisor Prof. Stephanie Kelton says the government actually creates money when it spends. The real limit on spending is not an artificially imposed debt ceiling but a lack of labor and materials to do the work, leading to generalized price inflation. Only when that real ceiling is hit does the money need to be taxed back, and then not to fund government spending but to shrink the money supply in an economy that has run out of resources to put the extra money to work.

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Why Germany Leads in Renewables: It Has Its Own Green Bank by Ellen Brown

Solar Farm, Brockville Ontario 2014

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Updated: Feb. 10, 2019 and Feb. 12, 2019

by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
January 27, 2019

The Green New Deal endorsed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and more than 40 other US Representatives has been criticized as imposing a too-heavy burden on the rich and upper-middle-class taxpayers who will have to pay for it, but taxing the rich is not what the Green New Deal resolution proposes. It says funding will come primarily from certain public agencies, including the Federal Reserve and “a new public bank or system of regional and specialized public banks.”

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Why A Universal Basic Income Need Not Be Inflationary by Ellen Brown

Demonstration BGE

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
December 29, 2018

Calls for a Universal Basic Income have been increasing, most recently as part of the Green New Deal introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and supported in the last month by at least 40 members of Congress. A Universal Basic Income (UBI) is a monthly payment to all adults with no strings attached, similar to Social Security. Critics say the Green New Deal asks too much of the rich and upper-middle-class taxpayers who will have to pay for it, but taxing the rich is not what the resolution proposes. It says funding would primarily come from the federal government, “using a combination of the Federal Reserve, a new public bank or system of regional and specialized public banks,” and other vehicles.

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Michael Hudson: Banking Deep Dive + Ellen Brown and Abby Martin on Public Banking in LA

Class War

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 4, 2018

An interview with one of the best in the business, Bonnie Faulkner (Guns and Butter).

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When And How The Economy Will Collapse Is Now In The Hands Of Central Bankers by Ellen Brown

Rich Uncle Pennybags

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
September 15, 2018

Central bankers are now aggressively playing the stock market. To say they are buying up the planet may be an exaggeration, but they could. They can create money at will, and they have declared their “independence” from government. They have become rogue players in a game of their own.

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Leo Panitch: Obama Defends Global Capitalism in Mandela Lecture, Parts 1-2

Barack Obama - Second Term Flare-Ups

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Dandelion Salad

Obama Joins Club of the Super-Rich – Defends Global Capitalism in Lecture (1/2)

TheRealNews on Jul 29, 2018

Prof. Leo Panitch and Paul Jay discuss Obama’s Mandela lecture; Obama wants the impossible – a world where the super-rich give up “a little” and there is no massive inequality.

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Paul Street, Glen Ford, Chris Hedges, Bruce Dixon: Imagining an Authentic 21st Century U.S. Left (Left Forum 2018)

Death to Capitalism

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with Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 5, 2018

and with Glen Ford, Chris Hedges, Bruce Dixon

Other Voices, Other Choices on June 4, 2018

Event Organizer: Paul L. Street

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The Post Office Has Been Intentionally Targeted For Takedown by Ellen Brown

Post Office & Savings Bank

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
March 18, 2018

The US Postal Service, under attack from a manufactured crisis designed to force its privatization, needs a new source of funding to survive. Postal banking could fill that need.

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