2016 speakers

2016, 12th Annual AMI Monetary Reform Conference




Dennis Kucinich served as U.S. Representative of Ohio from 1997-2013 and also as a candidate for President of the United States in 2004 and 2008.  Among his life achievements, he was the Mayor of Cleveland (1977-1979) and was successful in a battle against selling the municipal utility. Kucinich is known for being the strongest liberal voice in the anti-war movement as well as co-sponsoring legislation HR 676  (Universal Single-Payer Healthcare) as well as HR 2990, the N.E.E.D. Act,  (National Emergency Employment Defense) which would deliver the single most important legislation ever known to date by reforming the money system thus ending Fractional Reserve Banking once and for all.

Dennis Kucinich’s speaks about the wave of creative potential becoming possible with the monetary reforms in the NEED Act in a spectacular Keynote Address at the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony of the 12th Annual AMI Monetary Reform Conference.


Joseph Huber is the key monetary reformer of Germany. Founder of monetative.de, Berlin, a monetary reform initiative. In the ’90s he developed a new currency-school approach to overcome fractional reserve banking. Prof. Huber has been working with James Robertson on UK and European monetary reform since 1999, on behalf of the New Economics Foundation, London (report Creating New Money).

In 2013, his talk was “Modern Money – Interest-bearing Credit or Debt-free Currency?” which challenged assumptions of so called “Modern Money Theory” (MMT), and the views on money, credit, and debt and MMT’s belittlement of the dysfunctions of the present mixed-money system because of fractional reserve accounting. He compares this against the analyses given by contemporary monetary reformers who actually stand for a transition from banks’ credit-created money to debt-free sovereign money. Prof. Huber has launched an important new website at www.sovereignmoney.eu to help explain monetary reform to all. That talk was sent to the 25,000 subscribers to the Real World Economic Forum in January 2014. MMT has been unable to answer it. Prof. Huber “coined” the phrase “sovereign money” some years back. We consider him among the very top monetary reformers in the world.

Professor Joseph Huber is the foremost monetary reform economist in the world. In this presentation, entitled The Payment Machine: Do we really share a common view of how the money system works?, Professor Huber explains the often misunderstood way in which the present monetary and banking system operates as a two-tier/split-circuit system, and highlights some of the mistakes that even supposed experts make in their models of this system (includes powerpoint).


Elizabeth Kucinich is an independent transatlantic consultant working to bring social, economic, agricultural and ecological systems into balance. Elizabeth worked for 10 years with the Christian Council for Monetary Justice and the Forum for Stable Currencies in London, before coming to America in 2005 to help organize the AMI’s first international conference for monetary reform.She was later instrumental working with her husband, Dennis Kucinich, in the writing and introduction of HR 2990, The National Emergency Employment Defense Act; bringing monetary reform into the 2008 presidential campaign, and in spurring Congressional debate regarding oversight of the Federal Reserve.

Elizabeth knows and does more about monetary reform than virtually all of the supposed monetary reformers, and she always tells the truth!

Elizabeth Kucinich gave an amazing, uplifting presentation, entitled A much better world is absolutely possible! Elizabeth Kucinich, Professor and Vice Chancellor’s advisory council member for Coventry University, UK, Board member and Policy Chair for the Rodale Institute, the oldest organic research institute in America (established 1947), Government Affairs, Policy and Partnerships Consultant for Socially Conscious Organizational and Advocacy Development, Award-winning film producer (including GMO OMG and Hot Water), Advocate for sustainable organic food and food safety. Champion for peace, the environment, human rights and animal rights … monetary reform, and much more!

Prof. Kaoru Yamaguchi has continued to refine his highly advanced modelling system to project how HR 2990 will achieve monetary reform. He concluded it will pay off the US national debt as it comes due; provide the funding for infrastructure, which solves the unemployment problem  and does this without inflation!

Professor Yamaguchi has headed the System Dynamics Group of the Doshisha Business School at Doshisha University in Kyoto Japan. He presented his macroeconomic model on the to a plenary session of the System Dynamics International Conference in Seoul (2010), being attended by more than 300 researchers. It was so well received that on July 26th, the same International Conference asked him to speak on this matter again, at their meeting in Washington, DC.

Dr. Yamaguchi will appear at our conference  via skype, with full facility for extended questions and answers. His webpage is available for viewing where you can read about his talk and books here:  http://www.muratopia.org/index.html

Professor Kaoru Yamaguchi gives a highly detailed presentation entitled The Heads and Tails of Money Creation, its System Design Failures and the Alternative Design of Public Money (Based on a recently published paper entitled The Heads and Tails of Money Creation and its System Design Failures – Toward the Alternative System Design.)

(includes Powerpoint and published paper)

Rev. Delman Coates is a graduate of Morehouse College (B.A. in Religion, 1995), Harvard Divinity School (Master of Divinity, 1998), and Columbia University (Master of Philosophy in Religion, 2002; Ph.D. in New Testament & Early Christianity, 2006). Coates has served as the Senior Pastor of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, MD since 2004.  During this time, the congregation has grown to almost 9,000 members. Pastor Coates is founder and president of the Black Church Center for Justice & Equality (BCC), and a board member of the Parents Television Council and the National Action Network. He is also a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Morehouse College Board of Preachers, and the NAACP.Rev. Delman Coates has appeared on and been profiled in national media such as MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, Essence Magazine, NPR, VH1, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, and was featured in the documentary The New Black.

Reverend Coates understanding and commitment to getting monetary reform, as the key stepping stone to achieving economic and social justice in America could well become a pivotal factor in attaining true monetary reform for the nation! Once we get it here, it will spread across the globe very, very quickly.

Reverend Delman Coates delivers a very powerful and truly inspirational speech entitled The New Abolitionism: Money Reform and the Struggle for Civil Rights about the need to break free from the modern form of slavery: debt slavery, at the 12th Annual AMI Monetary Reform Conference, University Center, Downtown Chicago, Saturday October 1, 2016


Jim Wert just retired as senior counsel in the Legislative Counsel’s Office of the US House of Representatives where he worked for almost 31 years, 26 of them writing banking, financial services, credit, and coins and currency legislation and laws, including Kucinich’s NEED Act, HR2990, which he guided for over 2 years! The Legislative Counsel’s Office provides legislative drafting services to the committees and Members of the House of Representatives on a nonpartisan, impartial, and confidential basis.  Today he participates in, and is very much interested in, continuing discussions on what a sustainable and fully functional economic system might look like and what kind of financial system should evolve, to support the development of such an economic system and he has become very interested in Monetary reform.  Jim’s talk to us 3 years ago, was a conference highlight. He surprised and shocked participants when he informed us that the primary element of banker power, using the fractional reserve system has never ever been established in law! Jim told us of a number of such surprises in banking law.

Jim Wert, U.S. House of Representatives’ Legislative Counsel’s expert on monetary, banking and financial legislation for 29 years, and the man who put the NEED Act into legislative language, gave a highly thoughtful speech on The Politics of Monetary Reform and Economic Justice at the 12th Annual AMI Monetary Reform Conference on Saturday, October 1, 2016.

Steve Keen is a top Australian economist won the inaugural (Paul) Revere Award for giving an early warning (2005) of the debt-deflation collapse. He has built a growing reputation as a rare deep thinker on how monetary systems really work, not just how the central banks have said they work. Thus his blog has over 50,000 followers. Keen is a must-see analyst for theorists and investors involved in markets of all types, including the bond markets. Keen has moved from the University of Western Sydney, Australia, to Head, School of Economics, Politics & History, Kingston University in London. In December 2005, drawing on his 1995 theoretical paper, and convinced that a financial crisis was fast approaching, Keen went high-profile public with his analysis and predictions. He registered the webpage www.debtdeflation.com dedicated to analyzing the “global debt bubble”, which soon attracted a large international audience.

In December 2012, Prof. Keen delivered a Congressional Briefing to Congressmen and aides in Washington DC, sponsored by Congressman Dennis Kucinich; which accurately warned of the dangers of a “sequestration.”

Professor Steve Keen, via Skype, gave a highly illuminating and entertaining presentation entitled Can we avoid another financial crisis? (Based on his presentation in Switzerland entitled Decoding the Economy).


Prof. Nic Tideman received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (where he studied under Milton Friedman and others); taught at Harvard and served as Senior Staff Economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers before moving to Virginia Tech in 1973. He has been Professor of Economics there since 1985. While his research has focused primarily on urban economics, public finance, voting rules and social justice, in 1975 he collaborated with Nobel Laureate James Buchanan in writing on “Gold, Money and the Law.” His topic this year focuses on the seigniorage involved in a society’s money creation process, and who it should belong to. At present these vast sums go to the private banks that lend their credit into circulation as money, except for the smaller portion created by the Fed.

Nic is a senior adviser to the American Monetary Institute. Note – neither the AMI nor Prof. Tideman is predicting or expecting a collapse of the Dollar.

Professor Nic Tideman gave a highly thought-provoking and educational presentation entitled Combining Monetary Reform, Banking Reform and Land Reform. (includes powerpoint)


Mark Pash, CFP has been promoting monetary reform to our leaders and the general public for over 25 years. He will discuss his 28 reasons for monetary reform and the 14 ways of overcoming its major objection of excess inflation. He will also discuss the many different ways that new money can be distributed and how it will create a 21st Century Win-Win Economy even for the bankers.

Mark is a Certified Financial Planner from the College of Financial Planning with a Bachelors and Masters in Business Administration from UCLA and USC, respectively. He has served and founded a number of financial organizations and industry associations. His extensive background brings a grounded understanding of the practical and theoretical in the field of macroeconomics. He has written many articles besides his book “Economic Theory of Relatively” and the website of his nonprofit-think tank, Center for Progressive Economics at www.cpe.us.com. His new book “Creating a Win-Win Economy for the 21st Century” should be available at the AMI conference. Mark has long been active in politics serving on a Presidential and Congressional Campaign Advisory Economic Committees besides running for a Congressional seat in 1996.

Mark Pash gave a highly expert, thoughtful and straightforward common sense presentation, simply entitled Monetary Reform (powerpoint included).


Robert Poteat is one of America’s most knowledgeable, reality based experts on our money system. A long term and meticulous monetary researcher, certainly among the top half dozen in America in awareness of monetary systems. Bob discusses why the American Monetary Act is needed in order to help resolve the greatest crises we now face.

He writes: “The results of the privatized bank credit system are so well documented by history that to recount them is cubic redundancy. However, politics seems to operate on sound bite redundancy. We must frame our case to win the battle of monetary reform.” Bob is a senior adviser to the American Monetary Institute.

Robert Poteat gave a highly expert retrospective on U.S. monetary history, purposefully entitled Monetary Crimes.(includes powerpoint)


Jamie Walton worked for two years in Congressman Dennis Kucinich’s office, helping put the N.E.E.D. bill together. He will describe how its various elements work. The three elements of this single reform are: 1) Incorporation of the Federal Reserve into the U.S. Treasury. 2) Ending Fractional Reserve Banking – Changes in accounting rules so that banks no longer create any part of what we use for money. 3) New money needed in a developing society is introduced by government spending money into circulation on things like infrastructure, starting with the $3.6 trillion our engineers (ASCE) tell us is needed by 2020. Also included will be the “human infrastructure” of education and health care. Read  his latest work here. Jamie is an experienced civil engineer, and a senior AMI Researcher.

Jamie Walton gave two power-packed presentations, the first on Thursday gave introductory and background information on the NEED Act (National Emergency Employment Defense Act) and the second on Saturday followed this up with a more detailed explanation of the simplicity, elegance and genius of the seamless overnight conversion to the NEED Act, entitled the Seamless, Overnight, Non-Disruptive NEED Act Transition Process (both powerpoint presentations included).


Stephen Zarlenga, Director and co-founder of the American Monetary Institute in 1996; author of The Lost Science of Money book; and the Refutation of Menger’s Theory of the Origin of Money; and Greening the Dollar, a free CD of his presentation at the U.S. Green Party’s July 2007 National Convention; plus various articles and speeches; presents the background; objectives; methodology of the AMI and the Conference agenda and goals. An overview of what the AMI has accomplished since its founding in 1996, and our challenges and plans for the future.

Stephen Zarlenga gave an enlightening speech entitled Where do we go from here?


Greg Coleridge presents the primary methodology to avoid wasting crucial time and energy at historically critical points – for example the error of some Greens in supporting states to do fractional reserve banking, at this time when real reform must be the target. Rigorous research and study is the essential first step of any social change agent in understanding the root of any problem and in developing appropriate organizing actions and campaigns. Without “deep discovery” of core causes, appropriate social change cures are impossible.

Greg is Director of the Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee (Quakers). He is on the National Steering Committee of the Move to Amend / Campaign to Legalize Democracy Program on Corporations, Law & Democracy (POCLAD) national collective.

Greg Coleridge gave a searching and far-reaching strategic analysis entitled  The Power Elite’s 10 Strategies Opposing Monetary Reform (powerpoint presentation included).

Howard Switzer is a Tennessee architect working in eco-friendly building methods and builds energy efficient, healthy, homes of earth and straw. He co-founded the ‘Moving the Money to MainStreet Campaign,’ adopted by the GPUS in 2007. That same year he attended the AMI presentation from Stephen Zarlenga at the Greens national meeting in Reading, PA which confirmed his belief that monetary reform is critical to democracy and the funding of the Green Economic Transition. He presented on monetary reform at the 2013 Green Party National Meeting and then at the 9th Annual IMRC. He is a founding member and was co-chair of the Green Party of Tennessee 2002-2003 and served many terms on the Green Party’s National Committee as a delegate from Tennessee. He has run for state office in Tennessee to give the party standing in court to successfully sue the state for unconstitutional ballot access laws, which has been upheld in Federal and Appeals Courts 4 times. Tennessee Greens enjoyed their highest vote count to date this last election cycle!

He is currently a GP national delegate advocating monetary reform, as per the Green Party platform which includes the key elements of the AMI/NEED Act proposal, to be a central component of the 2016 GPUS POTUS campaign and is calling for Reviving the American Revolution electorally to reclaim our nations’s economic sovereignty for the democratic governance of the United States.

Howard Switzer is the monetary reform expert for the Greens and gave a highly thought-provoking and motivational presentation, entitled What Monetary Reform Means to Greens? (Powerpoint presentation included.)

Steven Walsh is a leading Chicago educator and expert authority on New England Colonial moneys. As a long time (and continuing) Chicago Educator, Walsh played a key/crucial role in the Chicago Teachers Union (30,000 strong) endorsement and support of Kucinich’s N.E.E.D. Act (HR 2990) The National Emergency Employment Defense Act. This endorsement was spearheaded by the Union’s President, Karen Lewis, known nationwide by educators.

Steven Walsh gave an expert educators’ approach to engagement with students and educators in the education sector entitled Getting Teachers to support the NEED Act.

John Howell (Ph.D. UCLA); teaching and research in physiology for 42 years,(Ohio University); recipient of numerous grants and awards; including the directorship of the Institute for Musculoskeletal Research, and chairing various committees. He currently serves as a teaching assistant in the Department of Classics and World Religions. He is co-founder and coordinator of Democracy Over Corporations, in Athens Ohio and has attended AMI Monetary Reform Conferences in 2012 and 2013, and is now giving presentations on monetary reform at local and regional gatherings. John gives one of the clearest, most inspiring talks on the problem of fractional reserve banking and using debt in place of money, and has established himself as a premier monetary reform presenter.

John Howell gave a highly revealing exposition entitled How the banking system creates what we use for money (includes a powerpoint slideshow).


Joe Bongiovanni is a second-generation monetary reformer, studying money systems for over 40 years, being the co-founder and co-Director, with J. Peter Young, of the Kettle Pond Institute for Debt-free Money.

Joe is an important monetary blogger and though always polite, his posts are blocked from some websites such as the Naked Capitalist, and some MMT (Modern Monetary Theory) sites because they cannot answer his points.

Joe Bongiovanni gave a richly informative presentation entitled Money: The Next Thing!


Nick Egnatz is a Vietnam vet, and small businessman. His life as an activist began opposing the imminent invasion of Iraq in 2003. This opposition soon grew to include all U.S. wars, militarism, empire and the war on the poor and working class facilitated by a monetary system designed to send everything straight to the top. The National Association of Social Workers named Nick 2006 Northwest Indiana Citizen of the Year for his anti war activism. At last year’s conference Nick began a discussion on social justice and monetary reform that he would like to continue this year. His pamphlet Linking Social Justice to Monetary Reform is available free at Alpheus.org. Those that would like copies to distribute are invited to contact Nick at OccupyNick@yahoo.com

Nick Egnatz gave a powerful presentation entitled Social progress through Monetary Reform (includes powerpoint).


Ole Mackeprang, European Financier spoke on “Money Systems & Warfare” at our 2007 Conference and will update us on the practical changes the Euro has brought since its launch. Back then the Euro was proclaimed “dead on arrival.” Next, pundits claimed the U.S. Dollar was the casualty, and now it is the Euro in trouble again! Perhaps it is time to get some firsthand observations. Mackeprang’s book, ”Money is Not Capital” will be available.

Mackeprang speaks 8 languages, has worked in 62 countries, principally France, Germany, Italy and Spain (Banque Rothschild and Banque de l’Union Parisienne are some companies he has worked with). His fascinating experiences are described in his book. The life experiences it describes are what American kids (20 & 30 year olds) can only dream about in today’s world – and Yes – we shared some of those times working together in old Europe!

Ole Mackeprang gave an insightful and highly entertaining presentation entitled To be or not to be a democrat.

Edgar Wortmann is legal counsel specialized in property law and committed to reform the monetary and banking system. Edgar is an associate of Stichting Ons Geld (Our Money Foundation), which initiated the citizens’ initiative for monetary reform in the Netherlands (Burgerinitiatief Ons Geld), and successfully stirred up public debate about the money system. This resulted in Dutch Parliamentary Hearings, which will continue. Edgar will tell us how he helped make that happen! Previously, Edgar explored new utilities and was involved in the design and process descriptions of decentralized water chains, floating homes and fully self-sufficient residential areas. Edgar was a guest-lecturer Urban Infrastructure at Wageningen University. He will give an update of the developments regarding monetary reform in the Netherlands, and explain the circumstances that enabled our citizens’ initiative, and parliamentarian hearing that evolved from that. “I take a legal approach towards money and this gives interesting discussions; especially for older economists it seems hard to distinguish bank credit (bank deposits) from money. I’ll also discuss what we call in the Netherlands ‘government issued digital chartal money.”

Edgar Wortmann gave a highly informative presentation entitled A proposal for radical monetary reform (Paper included).


William Bergman, economist and formerly an official at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, until he became a whistle-blower on Fed practices. At past conferences he gave up to the minute discussions on the banking problem. Presently he is Director of Research at the Truth in Accounting organization and is invited to discuss that organizations objectives and conclusions.

William Bergman gave an up-to-date assessment of the state of state and local government finances in a highly informative presentation entitled Government Finance: Seeking the Truth in a Dangerous Fog. (slideshow may or may not be available).