Amid the tragedy of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Bitcoin acts as a humanitarian lifeline. “Do you hear that?” Gleb Naumenko stopped talking and allowed me to hear the air raid sirens going off behind him in the Ukrainian night, deep in the west of the country, near the border with Romania. “I’m supposed to goContinue reading “Currency Of Last Resort”
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Can Fedimints Help Bitcoin Scale To The World?
A developer and an entrepreneur hope to bring community-based custody for Bitcoin to billions of people around the world through Fedimints. Thirty three years ago, the computer scientist David Chaum launched e-cash, a new way for people to spend digital dollars without revealing their personal information…
Structural Adjustment: How The IMF And World Bank Repress Poor Countries And Funnel Their Resources To Rich Ones
The IMF and World Bank do not seek to fix poverty, but only to enrich creditor nations. Could Bitcoin create a better global economic system for the developing world?
The End of Super Imperialism
In 1972, one year after President Richard Nixon defaulted on the dollar and formally took the United States off of the gold standard for good, the financial historian and analyst Michael Hudson published “Super Imperialism,” a radical critique of the dollar-dominated world economy.
The Quest for Digital Cash
How Satoshi Nakamoto’s Bitcoin project married the concepts of digital cash and digital gold and how pioneering cryptographer Adam Back continues the work of making it a better tool for freedom.
Bitcoin And The American Idea
Has America strayed from its founding ideals? An activist and a refugee think Bitcoin can help it get back on track.
Fighting Monetary Colonialism With Open-Source Code
France still uses monetary colonialism to exploit 15 African nations. Could Bitcoin be a way out?
Inside Cuba’s Bitcoin Revolution
As political demonstrations show the world that Cubans are tired of dictatorship, Bitcoin is providing an option to peacefully protest and opt out of a broken system.
Can Bitcoin Be Palestine’s Currency Of Freedom?
Bitcoin gives Palestinians a powerful avenue for peaceful protest, and the opportunity to find sovereignty among oppressive economic policies.
The Village and the Strongman: the Unlikely Story of Bitcoin and El Salvador
Tracing Bitcoin’s journey in El Salvador, from new hope in a small village to a new law by an increasingly authoritarian government.