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Bitcoin and social theory

My most comprehensive theoretical treatment of Bitcoin and monetary theory so far is found in “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 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

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)