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A reader sent in a useful list of organizations that actively promote “Sound Money,” (that is, gold-based money) today.

Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives | Cato Institute
https://www.cato.org › center-monetary-financial-altern…
Editor’s Note: Cato has been a Monetarist hangout since its inception. Probably, this was one reason why co-founder Murray Rothbard soon jumped ship and set up the Mises Institute as an alternative. Cato has hosted gold standard advocates in the past, but the organization is predominantly a floating-fiat advocacy group, today focusing on “NGDP Targeting.”

Alt-M – Ideas for an Alternative Monetary Future
https://www.alt-m.org
This blog has had a “free banking” or alternative independent currency theme, which today has had a lot of traction as “cryptocurrencies.” Of course, gold-based alternative currencies are one aspect of this.

New World Economics
https://newworldeconomics.com
Chez moi.

Sound Money Project – AIER – American Institute for …
https://www.aier.org › pertinent_category › sound-mon…
AIER has been gold standard fans since the 1930s, critiquing the devaluations and floating fiat currencies of that decade. I hope they become more active on this front soon. Recently, they became the home of the Sound Money Project, which previously was hosted by the Atlas Network.

Sound Money Defense League
https://www.soundmoneydefense.org
Reestablishing Gold and Silver as America’s Constitutional Money.

Ludwig von Mises Institute
mises.org
A ton of worthwhile material in support of gold-based money, with an Austrian theme, including the writings of Mises, Rothbard and many others.

American Monetary Institute
https://www.monetary.org
I don’t know much about these guys. Their platform supports gold-based money, but it seems rather antiquarian.

Foundation for Economic Education
fee.org
“What Do We Mean by Sound Money?”
I don’t think of FEE as being active on the Sound Money front, but it seems to be in support of the basic idea.

Foundation for the Advancement of Monetary Education
https://fame.org
A nice club for Sound Money fans. I’ve attended their New York dinners from time to time.

Beyond Money
https://beyondmoney.net
A blog related to the 2009 book The End of Money and the Future of Civilization. Judging this book by its cover, I don’t think we are going to have “the end of money” anytime soon.

Alliance for Just Money
monetaryalliance.org
These guys don’t have much to do with gold. Mostly, they are among those who want public (government) money rather than private money. There is some merit to these arguments, but especially without a gold link, it becomes suspiciously close to MMT.

There are a lot of “controlled opposition” organizations around these days — including, perhaps, the majority (I kid you not) of the names on this list. So, you have to tread lightly. Among the larger and more active organizations, I tend to favor AIER and FEE.

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Nathan Lewis was formerly the chief international economist of a firm that provided investment research for institutions. He now works for an asset management company based in New York. Lewis has written for the Financial Times, Asian Wall Street Journal, Japan Times, Pravda, and other publications. He has appeared on financial television in the United States, Japan, and the Middle East.
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