In my last post I introduced the concept of time preference and some basic human behaviours around it. I left that blog post with two questions; why has our current political and economical systems failed at lowering society’s time preference at large, and what can we do ourselves to achieve this? Continue reading “Lowering your time preference”
One important thing that separates us humans from other primates, apart from the obvious things, is that humans are able to consciously delay gratification of things. Like saving food or money for scarcer times, or investing resources for future growth. This ability is one of many important catalysts to building a successful society.
This is the third and for now final part in my series covering topics from the book Radical Markets. Continue reading “Rebooting liberalism – part 3: Property is monopoly”
This is the next post in my series about Radical Markets. If you haven’t already, it might be a good idea to read my first post in this series before reading further. In this second post I’m going to focus on coordination between communities within liberalism, and specifically how to coordinate the funding of public goods. Continue reading “Rebooting liberalism – part 2: Funding public goods”
Liberalism, the foundation of our current political structures, was conceptualised during the Enlightenment period in the 16th century. Philosophical and academic contributions came from many people, different parts of the world, but John Locke is widely considered the “Father of Liberalism”. Continue reading “Rebooting Liberalism – part 1: Voting”
Bitcoin is not an original concept, as many people would like to think. In fact, Bitcoin is the result of quite a few iterations of similar ideas from the past.Continue reading “The ideas before Bitcoin”
There’s been a lot of conflicting talk in the news recently about “a strong economy” vs “are we in a financial bubble”. I believe the latter is true, and here’s why. Continue reading “What does a financial bubble look like?”
Criticising Bitcoin’s energy consumption is easy, because it’s obvious. It’s the easy way out of a complicated topic that has much wider implications than initially obvious. This blog post is a long-form reply to a recent Twitter thread.
The most basic economic concepts like what is money can sometimes be difficult to get right. A few weeks back I wrote about how Bitcoin is not money. In this post I’m going to continue with a few random thoughts about money, financial liquidity and explore what true money could look like on the blockchain. Continue reading “Money on blockchains”
It’s sometimes hard to frame conversations around cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ether. That’s largely down to the fact that no one can truly express what these things are, and what they mean to humans and our society. These are entirely new organisms that lack precedence. But finding the right definitions are going to be important because it will ultimately decide if and/or how governments will regulate these things. Is Bitcoin money? Is Bitcoin a network or a protocol? Is Bitcoin a community? It’s none of the above and all of them at the same time. Continue reading “Bitcoin is not money”