Bitcoin and social theory
My most comprehensive theoretical treatment of Bitcoin and monetary theory so far is found in PDF] [ePub]. It combines fresh interpretations of the origins of money with a Bitcoin-specific economic history organized around those concepts.
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Covering different territory is my “Revisiting conceptions of commodity and scarcity in light of Bitcoin” (17 March 2014) [PDF] [ePub]. This gets into more specialized detail on central economic-theory concepts, with applications to Bitcoin and clarifications in light of Bitcoin.
Below are links to a selection of my other Bitcoin-related writings.
In addition, see the neighboring Bitcoin Decrypted page for my three-part YouTube lecture series on Bitcoin. This spans practical, technical, historical, and social-theory perspectives in an integrated narrative. Although formed as an overall introduction, these videos also include some new theoretical material that is not present in my existing written works in the same way. Part II, in particular, provides a technical overview to assist people unfamiliar with the practical foundations of Bitcoin. The aim is to not only promote understanding of how and why Bitcoin works, but also some of the likely reasons it is so difficult for many people to understand initially how such a thing could be possible.
Other selected articles
MtGox fiasco highlights advantages of Bitcoin and damage from regulation (27 February 2014)
Hyper-monetization reloaded: Another round of bubble talk (7 November 2013)
A short Bitcoin commentary on “Deflation and Liberty” (29 March 2013)