“Over time, whoever controls the money system,
controls the nation.”

- Stephen Zarlenga, Director

The American Monetary Institute is a publicly supported charity founded in 1996. The real outcomes in society – whether there will be general economic justice or corrupt financial privileges for the few – are usually determined by the structure of a society’s monetary system.

Upcoming Events

-Next FREE AMI Monetary Seminar in Chicago, is Thursday, October 30.. Join AMI Director Stephen Zarlenga and AMI Researchers Steven Walsh and Nick Egnatz for this monthly event at the Workers United building – 333 S Ashland Ave. Fixing the banking crisis to work for normal people, not just the rich. Come learn more about money in 2 hours than most economists do in a lifetime! And bring friends! (Click here for more info!)

-Register here now for 10th Annual AMI Monetary Reform Conference, October 2-5! Reserve your seat for $295. It rises to $395 after September 12th.See our 2014 Conference page for details.

(Click here for more info!)

Free Monetary Conference at the New School, New York City – Friday, May 2nd
: Join AMI Director Stephen Zarlenga and a panel of monetary reform activists for this special event.
Friday May 2nd – 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the New School, 6 E 16th Street, New York, 10003 – Room 1107. Reservations appreciated. Please e-mail ami@taconic.net if you plan to attend. Hope to see you there!

-Free Monetary Seminars in New York – Monday May 5th & Tuesday May 6th: AMI Director Stephen Zarlenga holds two free monetary seminars in Manhattan – all are welcome.
Monday, May 5th – 6:30 to 8:30 pm: “Our Broken Monetary System and How to Fix it”
Tuesday, May 6th – 6:30 to 8:30 pm: Henry George’s Concept of Money
Both presentations will be held at the NYC Seminar and Conference Center, 71 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010 (6th Avenue at 23rd Street). Reservations appreciated. Please e-mail ami@taconic.net if you plan to attend. Hope to see you there!

We are trying something new this Sunday, March 16th, from 8 pm to 10 pm eastern time. We will conduct a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA). You can tune in at http://www.reddit.com. You can also make comments if you register or are already registered.

-Free Monetary seminar in Chicago – Tuesday, March 25th: Stephen Zarlenga, Director of the American Monetary Institute, will explain how our mis-structured banking and monetary system causes repeated crises for most of our population, and how we can fix it.
6:30 – 8:30 PM – Chicago Temple, in the “James Parlor” – 77 W Washington Street
See informational flyer here

-FREE Talk at the College of Complexes by AMI Director Stephen Zarlenga – Saturday, December 28th – Lincoln Restaurant, 4008 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago. Forum begins at 8 PM following dinner at the restaurant.

-Free Monetary seminar at the Henry George School in New York – Thursday, December 5th: 6:30-8:30 pm – 121 E. 30th St.

-Free Monetary talk in Kinderhook, NY, near AMI headquarters – Tuesday, December 3rd: Call for details.

-Free Monetary seminar in Chicago – Monday, October 21st: Jamie Walton (AMI Researcher and former aide to Congressman Kucinich), Steven Walsh (AMI Researcher), and AMI Director Stephen Zarlenga present themes and answer key monetary questions of our time and discuss how we can solve the economic crisis. See informational flyer here
6:30 – 8:30 PM – Chicago Temple, in the “James Parlor” – 77 W Washington Street

2014 AMI Monetary Reform Conference Speaker Page – This highly interesting Conference is now over. Really great videos are available immediately! Sign up is now possible for the 2015 Conference in mid September.

Click the link above to see the speaker bios, talk descriptions and pictures. See the 2014 Conference detail page here for more details and lodging information.

Congressman Kucinich’s Historic Monetary Reform Bill HR 2990

September 21, 2011 – Congressman Dennis Kucinich introduced an employment bill reforming our money system: The NEED Act proposes a historic money reform, containing all the monetary provisions of the American Monetary Act including ending “fractional reserve” banking.


32 Page Brochure Explaining Monetary Reform

AMI’s Monetary Reform Brochure with explanations, historical background, the full text of the NEED Act; answers to the 20 most frequently asked questions; and how you can get involved. It also has our Intro to Monetary Reform. This brochure has the “intellectual power” to solve our nation’s greatest problems, from Jobs to Justice; from Energy to Environment; etc. Really! But it needs YOU, for the POLITICAL POWER! Please read it and help!

A Serious Challenge to Modern Money Theory (MMT)

This brilliant paper from Prof. Joseph Huber to the 2013 AMI Conference, analyzes MMT and shows how it fails to seek true monetary reform. This is an especially important paper which the Real World Economics Review has just sent to its 23,924 subscribers! MMT is trying to ignore it!

Hundred Year Old Federal Reserve System Problem

A Viable Solution to the Economic Crisis, by Robert Poteat of the AMI, takes on the crisis creating Federal Reserve Banking System and presents a viable alternative and solution to it in Kucinich’s N.E.E.D. Act (National Emergency Employment Defense Act).

AMI’s Cooper Union Event: Fixing Our Broken Money System – Videos Now Available!

To receive your videos of the event, please see our fundraising note and video order form.

Click here to hear Stephen Zarlenga’s Cooper Union radio interview for

AMI Evaluation of “Modern Monetary Theory”

The AMI evaluation of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) addresses the issues that arise over MMT’s misguided views on monetary facts, and its gross error in assuming that all money must be debt. That alone is all that’s necessary to wreck a monetary system and turn it into a wealth concentrating engine – into the “wrong” hands!

Zarlenga’s Speech at the US Treasury 12/4/03

Zarlenga’s address to the US Treasury entitled “Solution to the State’s Fiscal Crises”.

Zarlenga’s Speech at the 2007 Green Party Convention

For the first time, a major political party has a platform plank (2012) supporting real monetary reform, which includes the major provisions of the American Monetary Act. This momentous progress came as a direct result of director Stephen Zarlenga’s speech.

Green Party’s Historic Monetary Reform Plank

The necessary steps to fixing the monetary system established in HR 2990 were used as a guideline by the Green Party to create and approve this monetary reform plank.

Zarlenga’s Speech at the House of Lords 5/4/04

Zarlenga’s address to the House of Lords entitled “Monetary Justice Using Publicly Created Money to Fund Public Projects”.

Professor Kaoru Yamaguchi’s Model of HR 2990

Professor Yamaguchi (Berkeley, Doshisha Universities) shows that Kucinich’s HR 2990 NEED Act: (1) Provides the funding for infrastructure repair (which solves the unemployment crisis) (2) Pays off the national debt as it comes due (3) Does this without inflation! Click here to watch a video of Professor Yamaguchi’s presentation to the 2010 AMI Conference. Wow!

AMI Achievements to Date

Here are some of our most important achievements to date, made possible by the support of our generous donors who have contributed time and resources throughout the years.

Key Articles

Helpful Monetary Reform Materials


Stephen Zarlenga’s Address
to Occupy Chicago

We are the Many – Makana


Recent Articles from AMI Researchers

-Free AMI hosted monetary talk at the New School – Watch footage of Stephen Zarlenga’s presentation at the New School in New York, May 2014.

-A Viable Solution to the Economic Crisis – statement from Robert Poteat of the AMI on the one-hundred year old Federal Reserve Banking System and an available solution from former Congressman Dennis Kucinich – HR 2990 of the 112th Congress.

-Occupying the NEED Act, by Nick Egnatz, gives an easy to understand primer on the nature of money, monetary systems, and the 3 major reforms that make up the NEED Act.

-Getting What We NEED, by Nick Egnatz, describes the reforms present in the NEED Act and how a debt-free money system would benefit the overwhelming majority of American citizens.

-Mourning 100 Years of Usury under The Fed, by Nick Egnatz, details the tragic 100th anniversary of the private Federal Reserve System, when the U.S. government gave to a private banking cartel that which no government has the right to give away – the sovereign right of a people to create and control their own money.

-Click Here to read Nik Livic’s great summary of the 2013 AMI Conference.

-Click here to read our latest Huffington Post article concerning the most recent debt limit crisis – co-written by Nick Egnatz, Jamie Walton, and Stephen Zarlenga.