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Bitcoin and social theory

My most comprehensive theoretical treatment of bitcoin and monetary theory so far is On the origins of Bitcoin: Stages of monetary evolution (3 November 2013) [PDF] [ePub]. It combines fresh interpretations of the origins of money with a bitcoin-specific economic history organized around those concepts.

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 core economic-theory concepts, with both applications to bitcoin and clarifications in light of it.

Below are links to a selection of my other bitcoin-related writings. In addition, see the neighboring Bitcoin Decrypted page for my comprehensive three-part narrated slideshow series on Bitcoin.

Other selected articles

“Bitcoin 2014 Panel: History of Money & Lessons for Digital Currencies Today” with time-based outline (21 August 2014)

“Bitcoin 2014 Panel: Economic Theory of Bitcoin” with time-based outline (19 August 2014)

Gold standards, optionality, and parallel metallic- and crypto-coin circulations (21 May 2014)

The helpful fable of the “bitcoin”: Duality models revisited (20 May 2014)

Bitcoin weekly weighted average price, July 2010 through April 2014 (1 May 2014)

Newsweek uncovers its own lack of integrity in alleged “Satoshi Nakamoto” discovery reporting (6 March 2014)

MtGox fiasco highlights advantages of Bitcoin and damage from regulation (27 February 2014)

Hyper-monetization reloaded: Another round of bubble talk (7 November 2013)

Bitcoin and social theory reflections: A review essay between Amsterdam and Atlanta (3 October 2013)

Bitcoin as medium of exchange now and unit of account later: The inverse of Koning’s medieval coins (14 September 2013)

A short Bitcoin commentary on “Deflation and Liberty” (29 March 2013)

IN-DEPTH | Bitcoins, the regression theorem, and that curious but unthreatening empirical world (27 February 2013)