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From Spartacus to Satoshi: A Brief History of Economic Rebellion

Government dominance of human beings via slavery and violent economic oppression is as old as government itself. For thousands and thousands of years kings and rulers, usually held to be “appointed by God,” have used free, non-violent individuals as their tax farm livestock to exploit…

From Booze to Bitcoin Mining – Why Violent Prohibition Is Always Harmful

Stories continue to emerge about newly discovered illegal mining operations being busted by state and corporate authorities. Just last week Iranian media reported the seizure of 177 Bitcoin mining units worth over $270,000 being smuggled via truck in the Arak region. On July 31, Russia’s…

The Modern Era of Free Range Slaves: How Bitcoin Breaks the Mold

In a string of recent Tweets, 2020 Libertarian presidential candidate and fugitive from the law John McAfee has been talking about slavery. Urging people to “wake up” and assuring them that neither compliance with the status quo, nor stacks of riches, can set them free.…

The Interchange: On earnings | That’s our two Gwei

This post first appeared in Ryan Todd’s weekly column “The Interchange,” which is sent to Genesis members’ inboxes every Thursday morning.  That’s Our Two Gwei   “Bitcoin is not an asset, but a currency, and as such, you cannot value it or invest in it.…

The Logbook: A brief history of Git and version control systems

Last week, there was an outcry on Twitter concerning GitHub’s decision to ban developers in sanctioned countries from using its platform. The move also sparked conversations regarding the Bitcoin Core source code and Git, the distributed version control system upon which GitHub has built its…

Bitcoin Cannot be Banned, But Can it Be…?

On Tuesday, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo said that the US couldn’t technically ban Bitcoin, given that it is a global innovation. However, in theory, there does exist a handful of ways to kill Bitcoin. US Politicians Agree that Bitcoin is Unbreakable Yesterday, the…

How Will Better Blockchain Monitoring Make Crypto Safer?

Being able to monitor and query public blockchains is one of the fundamental properties of cryptocurrencies. Publicly verifiable transactions are what proves that a transfer of value occurred. Even in so-called privacy coins, there still needs to be a mechanism to prove value has been…

Long Saturday, short Sunday

It has long been speculated that cryptocurrency prices are more volatile over the weekend; some people even claim that prices tend to go down more over the weekend than on workdays (a phenomenon known as ‘weekend dip’). The theory is when traditional markets are closed,…

Crypto Is Part of Free Speech, and Free Speech Is Everything

On July 23, U.S. Attorney General William Barr gave a speech demanding big players in the tech industry work with government agencies in providing backdoor entry points for encrypted devices and software. Per his reasoning, certain devices and messaging services pose a safety threat by…

Is Bitcoin Money? Revisiting Mises’ Regression Theorem

Over 100 years after the publication of Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises’ “The Theory of Money and Credit,” the ideas outlined therein are still sparking hot debate. Namely, what is known as Mises’ Regression Theorem, which claims that in order for something to be money…