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The Advantages of Barter and Localism

from The Daily Bell:

Introduction: Brandon Smith is founder of the Alternative Market Project ( as well as the head writer and co-founder of Neithercorp Press. He specializes in macroeconomic analysis as well as studies in mainstream media disinformation, and is now focusing on the creation of a national network of barter markets designed to insulate and protect local economies from the inevitable collapse of the current unsustainable fiat system. His work has been published in numerous places including

Anthony Wile: Give us some background. Where did you grow up and go to school?

Brandon Smith: I’ve lived all over the country in every environment America has to offer. The Pacific Northwest and the “Redoubt” has always been my favorite, and that is where I live now. My schooling experience was like any other person’s experience who went to one of our fine public institutions: monotonous, pointless, and it probably did some irreversible psychological damage.

Anthony Wile: Did you go to university?

Brandon Smith: No, all of my education comes from personal interest and personal study. I am thankful I did not go to a university after seeing the frothing hordes of Social Justice Warriors / Communists slithering out of so-called “higher education” the past decade.

Anthony Wile: How did you discover Austrian economics?

Brandon Smith: I’ve always been a big proponent of free markets and localism. It was not until 2005/2006 when I started writing for the liberty movement that I realized most of my economic foundations ran parallel to Austrian economics. I think that any analyst who pursues the concept of freedom in economics is going to come to the junction of Austrian economics eventually. Ron Paul‘s political efforts, of course, further inspired my direction.

Anthony Wile: When did you decide to write columns and to found the Alternative Market Project?

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