“BYOB,” says Ellen Brown
By Steve Bhaerman
“The primary cause of disillusionment is … illusionment.” — Swami Beyondananda
What a week.
First, Julian Assange gets arrested for “decent exposure,” and then President Obama returns from his “negotiations” with the Republicans looking a lot like Neville Chamberlain returning from his visit with Hitler proclaiming, “Peace in our times.”
Well, may the American middle class rest in peace.
Because in the words of Joe Hill, “Don’t mourn, organize.”
And now, thanks to Ellen Brown (author, Web of Debt), we have something to organize around. When the banksters don’t invite you to party with them, she invites us to “BYOB” – be your own bank.
In addition to her astute analysis of “how the banks and the Federal Reserve are bankrupting America,” Brown – an attorney – has uncovered a way to use the vast resources owned by the state of California (and for that matter, other states as well) to create a State Bank that would actually support small business ventures and rebuild infrastructure.
According to Brown, California could create its own bank and have it up and running in a matter of months. North Dakota has owned its own bank for nearly a century. At a time when most states are struggling with serious budget shortfalls, North Dakota boasts a billion dollar surplus, a huge sum for such a sparsely populated state. You can read more about this idea here and if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, you’ll have two chances to see and hear Ellen Brown this week. If you’re in Marin County, you can catch her on Thursday, December 9th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Marin Civic Center, Room 329, 3501 Civic Center Drive in San Rafael. This event is sponsored by Supervisor Susan Adams and is free to the public. For more info, please call (415) 250-6520.
On Friday December 10th at 7:30 p.m., she will be speaking in Sonoma Community Center, Room 110, 276 E. Napa Street in Sonoma as part of the Praxis Peace Institute series. Ellen spoke at the Praxis Economics of Peace conference a year ago October, and her presentation was one of the hits of the conference. If you’re in the area, come hear her and become inspired and empowered. The cost is just $15, and you will be supporting the work of Praxis as well – feeding two birds with one scone!
And I will be there, so come say hi …
To find out more, go here: http://www.praxispeace.org/events.php or call (707) 939-2973.
As the Swami tells us, the prime cause of disillusionment is illusionment. So … if you are disillusioned with the partisan trance (i.e., the preservation of empire while the body politic is intentionally divided), or the bipartisan scam (the corporate leaders of both parties colluding at the expense of the American people), maybe it’s time for the Transpartisan alternative – a grassroots upwising to establish government of, by and for the people where the government does our bidding, not the bidding of the highest bidder.
Find out more here http://transpartisan.us/
And if you are so moved, financially support the upwising here.
The world you save – or at least spend more wisely – may be your own!