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A growing movement is afoot in the United States to copy this public banking model in other states.   Fourteen U.S. state legislatures have now initiated bills for state-owned banks.

The model could also be replicated in other countries.   In Ireland, for example, where the major banks are insolvent and are already nationalized or soon will be, the government could deposit its revenues in its own publicly-owned banks, add sufficient capital to meet capital requirements, and leverage these funds to create interest-free credit for its own local needs.   That is exactly what Alexander Hamilton did when faced with government debts that were impossible to repay: he put the government's existing funds in a bank, then borrowed the money back several times over, employing the accepted "fractional reserve" model.  

Japan's solution is also a variant of what Alexander Hamilton proposed two centuries earlier.   Japan retains its status as the third largest economy in the world although it has a debt to GDP ratio of 226%.   Japan has "monetized" the national debt, turning it into the national money supply.   The government-owned Bank of Japan holds Japanese government debt equal to 100% of the nation's GDP; and because the government owns the bank, this loan is interest-free and can be rolled over indefinitely.   An interest-free loan rolled over indefinitely is the equivalent of issuing money.   

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Ellen Brown is an attorney, founder of the Public Banking Institute, and author of twelve books including the best-selling WEB OF DEBT. In THE PUBLIC BANK SOLUTION, her latest book, she explores successful public banking models historically and (more...)

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