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Ellen Brown's Historical Errors

Gary North

Ellen Brown's book, The Web of Debt, contains numerous historical errors. Chapter after chapter contains one or more bogus quotations. I survey these errors in this subdepartment of Ellen Brown vs. Gold.

I have a Ph.D. in history. I can say in confidence that Ms. Brown should have had someone with training in history edit her manuscript. The Web of Debt would have been a much shorter book.

You can verify what I write about here in the free online version of the book that Google Books has posted. Access it here.

Historical Error #1: A Bogus Quotation from Sir Josiah Stamp on the Evils of Central Banking
Gary North
When you see something this improbable, check the original source. Lawyer Brown did not bother. No such source exists. . . . keep reading
Historical Error #2: Thomas Jefferson Was a Promoter of Paper Money Unbacked by Gold or Silver.
Gary North
Ellen Brown says that Jefferson favored paper money. The opposite was the case. Jefferson was a gold and silver coin advocate. He opposed all unbacked paper money. . . . keep reading
Historical Error #3: Abraham Lincoln Promoted Debt-Free Paper Money (the Greenbacks).
Gary North
Ellen Brown prmotes a favorite myth of the Greenbackers. She ignores Lincoln's favoritism of the banks and his opposition to the Greenbacks. . . . keep reading
Historical Error #4: Pre-Revolutionary Colonial Pennsylvania's Government Avoided Most Taxes Because It Issued Fiat Loans.
Gary North
This sounds like "something for nothing" to me. How about you? . . . keep reading
Historical Error #5: A Bogus Quotation from Benjamin Franklin on Colonial Scrip
Gary North
Once again, Ellen Brown has passed along a whopper. And it sounded so authentic! (Actually, it didn't.) . . . keep reading
Historical Error #6: She Deliberately Skipped Over an Important Quotation from Franklin on the "Continentals"
Gary North
Ellen Brown, a lawyer, plays a lawyer's trick of hiding evidence from the jury: her readers. I caught her. That's always the risk with this tactic. . . . keep reading
Historical Error #7: A Bogus Quotation from John Adams on Debt as a Means of Conquest
Gary North
This is standard practice for Ellen Brown. It has now backfired. Here is another whopper. . . . keep reading
Historical Error #8: The "Christian Bible" Prohibits Interest, but the "Jewish Bible" Doesn't.
Gary North
Ellen Brown sees a distinction between the "Christian Bible" and the "Jewish Bible." . . . keep reading
Historical Error #9: China's Medieval Fiat Paper Money Had Centuries of Success.
Gary North
Ellen Brown praises China's experiment in fiat money. She ignores the facts. Fiat money led to hyperinflation. . . . keep reading
Historical Error #10: England's Medieval Wooden Tallies Were Interest-Free Fiat Money.
Gary North
Ellen Brown spins a yarn about wooden money in England. As they say, "Don't take any wooden nickels." . . . keep reading
Historical Error #11: A Bogus Quotation from Nathan Rothschild
Gary North
Ellen Brown provides lots of bogus quotations. This one is a famous one. . . . keep reading
Historical Error #12: A Bogus Quotation from Jefferson on Banks
Gary North
Ellen Brown loves to use bogus quotations to make her points. This one is a well-known fake. . . . keep reading
Historical Error #13: Jefferson and Jackson's War on the First Bank of the United States
Gary North
Ellen Brown failed to look at a simple timeline of history. Jefferson did not fight the First Bank, and Jackson fought its successor. . . . keep reading
Historical Error #14: The Civil War's Fiat Money Made the Surviving Americans Richer (Military Keynesianism).
Gary North
Ellen Brown believes that centralizing the power of the Federal government, 1861-65, made America far richer. . . . keep reading
Historical Error #15: A Bogus Lincoln Quotation on Men and Wages
Gary North
It's yet another bogus quotation from Ellen Brown. Her book is filled with them. . . . keep reading
Historical Error #16: Lincoln Favored the Greenbacks Over Any Union Debt to Bankers.
Gary North
Ellen Brown says that Greenbacks enabled the Union to avoid a huge debt to bankers. The facts indicate otherwise. . . . keep reading
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