A Primer on Money (1964) explains in simple, everyday language how our monetary system works and indicates where it needs reform. This is a Congressional Subcommittee Report authored by Congressman Wright Patman.

Money Facts (1964) 169 Questions and Answers on Money -- A Supplement to "A Primer on Money."
"Money Facts" is a series of questions and answers on the basic workings of our monetary system.

Benjamin Franklin and the Birth of a Paper Money Economy
by Farley Grubb
"Benjamin Franklin's life spans most of the first epoch of paper money, and he is its most insightful analyst and ardent defender."


Web of Debt: The Shocking Truth About Our Money System and How We Can Break Free
by Ellen Hodgson Brown
The most important current book one can read on understanding the current economic crisis and its solution.

The Lost Science of Money
by Stephen Zarlenga
A modern classic on money. "The Mythology of Money: The Story of Power"

Fixing the System: A History of Populism, Ancient and Modern
by Adrian Kuzminski

A New Monetary System
by Edward Kellogg

The Role of Money: What It Should Be, Contrasted with What It Has Become
by Frederick Soddy

Direct Credits for Everybody: Showing How Capitalism Will Work
by Alfred Lawson

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Selected Articles

Understanding Money by John H. Hotson.
" essential for those seeking economic reforms toward the creation of sustainable societies..."

Tragedy and Hope An Introduction
By Michael L. Chadwick
" of the most revealing books ever published..."

Money and Liberty
by Adrian Kuzminski
"...It is essential to this end to understand how a non-usurous, publically accountable currency might work."

Margrit Kennedy Inspires NZ Groups to Establish Regional Money Systems
by Deidre Kent.
According to a German study, interest composes 30 percent to 50 percent of everything we buy.


Links on Fractional Reserve Lending

How Banks Make Money: Creating Money Out of Thin Air
by Doug Pibel.
Very illustrative.

US Banks Operating Without Reserve Requirements
by Eric deCarbonnel.
"...reserve requirements falling to zero over the last fifty years..."

Reserve Requirements: History, Current Practice, and Potential Reffrom
By Joshua N. Feinman.
From the Federal Reserve itself.

Reserve Requirements for Various Countries (.xls)


Money as Debt

Banking 1
Banking 2: A bank's income statement
Banking 3: Fractional Reserve Banking

Zeitgest: The Movie
Zeitgest: Addendum

The Money Masters

The Secret of Oz



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