97 % Owned – Monetary Reform Documentary

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Who creates money and where it ends up can completely transform a society, yet little is know about how and who is responsible for its creation.


When money drives almost all activity on the planet, it’s essential that we understand it. Yet simple questions often get overlooked – questions like: where does money come from? Who creates it? Who decides how it gets used? And what does that mean for the millions of ordinary people who suffer when money and finance breaks down?

97% Owned is a documentary that reveals how money is at the root of our current social and economic crisis. Featuring frank interviews and commentary from economists, campaigners and former bankers, it exposes the privatised, debt-based monetary system that gives banks the power to create money, shape the economy, cause crises and push house prices out of reach. Fact-based and clearly explained, in just 60 minutes it shows how the power to create money is the piece of the puzzle that economists were missing when they failed to predict the crisis.

The films’ title was taken from the finding that commercial Bank’s created the vast majority of money, 97%, when they create loans. For what purpose and how much is created shapes the size of the banking sector, the countries economic growth and the well being of our society.

Produced by Queuepolitely and featuring Ben Dyson of Positive Money, Josh Ryan-Collins of The New Economics Foundation, Ann Pettifor, the “HBOS Whistleblower” Paul Moore, Simon Dixon of Bank to the Future and Nick Dearden from the Jubliee Debt Campaign, this is the first documentary to tackle this issue from a UK-perspective, and can be watched online now.


This is probably my favorite documentary out there. It really brings the worldwide financial crisis into the right perspective. I hope it spawns a wave of activists for a new system. I’m one now, myself.


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    Of all the issues we face today, on our journey to a better future, monetary reform could be the biggest, most important turn we must take, that WILL get us on the right path. I love this documentary. It sheds light on the position of the global banking elites, and presents workable solutions that WILL kick start the change that we are all seeking. WELL DONE everybody!

    • Roxanne Decktor

      I agree that it is the single most fundamental problem to fix (there are about 8million others to be fixed as well.) I think its important for us to try to spread this around, even in a small way, everyday. People will resist this idea, so says researchers of the brain, because it is too simple. And it definitely goes against what they think they know. It is a challenge, but here in the US, I’ve joined a group called PBI that is trying to create Public Banks. We love positivemoney.org, its value is priceless!

  • Sean_Fernyhough

    What about non-bank lending?

  • Stephen Lawrence

    OK, so in 1844 the UK govt banned the private issuance of paper money. What about all the other countries of the world? Were they all subservient to London (and the British Empire) so effectively followed Britain’s lead from there on?

  • Stephen Lawrence

    @ 13:37 – “Between 1998 and 2007 the UK money supply tripled”. Wow, and somebody didn’t think – hey, this can’t be right? Surprise, surprise and the crash of 2008 followed…

  • Stephen Lawrence

    I like the notion that the banking system is responsible for a transfer of money from the regions to London (and SE). It wouldn’t be impossible for the govt to insist that, as part of a bank’s reserve requirements (“RR”), that it should ensure salaries and bonuses are paid to people working in different regions of the UK. I also had a notion that a bank’s RR should be higher the greater its market share is. Now none of these suggestions really impacts on the matter in hand – but they might start a conversation as to how the monetary system works….

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