Bitcoin and social theory writings
My core interest in Bitcoin is in its implications for the clarification and possible extension of our understanding of fundamental economic and legal theory concepts. Doing this well requires seeking out a sufficient technical understanding of this new phenomenon to create a working basis for the effective application of social theory concepts, such as those from economnics, history, and legal philosophy.
The following are selected papers, articles, and posts on Bitcoin, most of which so far emphasize economic-theory considerations and many of which are built on the theme of consciously selecting which perspectives and methods are likely to yield the most relevant insights on the questions at hand.
Hyper-monetization reloaded: Another round of bubble talk (7 November 2013)
On the origins of Bitcoin: Stages of monetary evolution [PDF] (revised version 3 November 2013, originally 23 October 2013)
Bitcoin, price denomination and fixed-rate fiat conversions (22 July 2013)
A short Bitcoin commentary on “Deflation and Liberty” (29 March 2013)
See also the Bitcoin Decrypted page for an introduction to Bitcoin that spans practical, technical, historical, and social-theory perspectives in an integrated narrative.