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Bitcoin and social theory

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

Covering different territory is my article in The Journal of Prices and Markets, Commodity, scarcity, and monetary value theory in light of bitcoin” (published on 24 Feb 2015; direct to PDF). This goes into core economic-theory concepts with applications to bitcoin. It is a thoroughly revised and re-framed version of my earlier, Revisiting conceptions of commodity and scarcity in light of Bitcoin” (17 Mar 2014) [PDF] [ePub].

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

Sidechained bitcoin substitutes: A monetary commentary (25 Oct 2014)

Bitcoin: Magic, fraud, or ‘sufficiently advanced technology’? (19 Sep 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)

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

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

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

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

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

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