Stephen A. Zarlenga (1941 – 25 April 2017) was a researcher and author in the field of monetary history, theory and reform. Icelandic philosopher Giorgio Baruchello called him a "maverick intellectual."
In 1976 Zarlenga served on the board of the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) of Great Barrington, Massachusetts. In 1996 he co-founded the non-profit charitable trust The American Monetary Institute for the "independent study of monetary history, theory and reform."
In 2002 he published his 700-page study The Lost Science of Money: The Mythology of Money – The Story of Power, which, according to professor Dwight Murphy, was "an extended review of world monetary history", and according to German Economist Michael Kumhof was "a masterful work."
He encapsulated his research in one phrase: "Over time, whoever controls the money system, controls the nation." In 2004, Zarlenga organized the first AMI Monetary Reform Conference, which became a annual event in which many academic experts, community activists and other people participated.
He was also instrumental in formulating and promoting monetary reform legislation for the US Congress to adopt. Democratic congressman Dennis Kucinich from Ohio introduced in 2010 the National Employment Emergency Defense Act (NEED Act), which was based on an earlier version developed by Zarlenga, the American Monetary Act.
- 1999. "Germany's 1923 Hyperinflation: A 'Private' Affair". The Barnes Review (July-Aug): 61-7. wintersonnenwende.com
- 2000a. “A Deeper Look Into Tragedy and Hope”. The Barnes Review 6/1 (Jan-Feb): 39-46. Review of Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time by Carroll Quigley, New York: Macmillan, 1966. alpheus.org
- 2000b. “Monetary Policy & Rome’s Decline”. The Barnes Review 6/3 (May-June).
- 2000c.” A Brief History of Interest”. AMI Paper, 3. Valatie, NY: American Monetary Institute. bu.edu
- 2001. “Henry George’s Concept of Money: And Its Implications for 21st Century Reform“. Valatie, NY: American Monetary Institute. monetary.org
- 2002a. The Lost Science of Money. The Mythology of Money – The Story of Power. Valatie, NY: American Monetary Institute.
- 2002b. “Critique of Innes’ 'Credit Theory of Money' ”. Valatie, NY: American Monetary Institute. monetary.org
- 2004a. "The lost science of money." European Business Review, 16/5: 540-44.
- 2004b. “World Peace through Monetary Justice”. Talk at International Philosophers For Peace Conference - Capitalism With A Human Face? Radford University, May 2004. Valatie, NY: American Monetary Institute.
- 2005a. “Moving Monetary Reform to the 'Front Burner'”. American Review of Political Economy, Vol 3, No. 1 (March 2005): 39-84. bemidjistate.edu
- 2005b. "The 1930s Chicago Plan and the 2005 American Monetary Act." Valatie, NY: American Monetary Institute. monetary.org
- 2006. "Is the Federal Reserve System a Governmental or a Privately Controlled Organization?" Valatie, NY: American Monetary Institute. monetary.org
- 2009a. "The Need for Monetary Reform". Valatie, NY: American Monetary Institute. http://www.monetary.org/the-need-for-monetary-reform/2009/09.
- 2009b (2006). “Presenting the American Monetary Act”. Valatie, NY: American Monetary Institute. monetary.org
- 2010a. “The Lost Science of Money & Monetary Justice Using Government Created Money to Fund Public Projects”. Talk At The House of Lords, London, 4 May 2004. Valatie, NY: American Monetary Institute. monetary.org
- 2010b. “An Abbreviated Monetary History of the US: Part 1“. Excerpt from Zarlenga, Stephen. 2002. The Lost Science of Money. The Mythology of Money – the Story of Power. Valatie, NY: American Monetary Institute. monetary.org
- 2010c. “Refutation of Menger’s Theory of the Origin of Money“. Valatie, NY: American Monetary Institute. monetary.org
- 2010d. “The Lost Science of Money: A Solution to the States’ Fiscal Crises”. Stephen Zarlenga’s Speech at the U.S. Treasury on 4 Dec 2003. Valatie, NY: American Monetary Institute. monetary.org
- 2010e. Review of Robert De Fremery’s “Rights vs. Privileges”. Valatie, NY: American Monetary Institute. monetary.org
- 2013a. “What Would a Trillion Dollar Coin Mean?” Huffington Post. The Blog. 1 Jan 2013. huffingtonpost.com
- 2013b. “Sequesters, Shutdowns And Defaults”. Huffington Post. The Blog. 11 Oct 2013. huffingtonpost.com
- 2014. “Presenting the American Monetary Reform Manual”. Valatie, NY: American Monetary Institute. monetary.org
- (with Poteat, Robert). 2016. “The Nature of Money in Modern Economy: Implications and Consequences”. Journal of King Abdulaziz University: Islamic Economics, 29/2 (July 2016): 57-73. kmm2016.org
- “Zarlenga, Lost Science of Money“. slideplayer.com
- Baruchello, Giorgio. 2013. "Review essay" of Economists and the Powerful: Convenient Theories, Distorted Facts, Ample Rewards. Häring, Norbert, & Douglas, Niall, London: Anthem Press, 2012. Economics, Management, and Financial Markets 8.2 (2013): 216-225.
- American Monetary Institute. http://www.monetary.org/
- Stephen Zarlenga, Director, American Monetary Institute. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/stephen-zarlenga
- Murphey, Dwight D. 2011. "Capitalism's Deepening Crisis: The Imperative of Monetary Reconstruction." The Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies, 36/3: 283.
- Kumhof, Michael & Benes, Jaromir. 2012. "The Chicago Plan Revisited." IMF Working Papers 12/202, International Monetary Fund. http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/wp/2012/wp12202.pdf
- American Monetary Institute. http://www.monetary.org/
- H.R.2990 - National Emergency Employment Defense Act of 2011 (NEED Act). 112th Congress (2011-2012). https://www.congress.gov/bill/112th-congress/house-bill/2990/titles.