Bitcoin and Blockchain

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Bitcoin, the world’s first form of digital cash, is a nascent invention that has overturned centuries of commonly-held assumptions about monetary policy and the role of government in the provision of money. Whereas universities have long taught that money can only be provided by a government that guarantees it and demands its use in taxation, Bitcoin has thrived for eight years without any government backing it, tantalizingly offering a glimpse of a future separation between state and money, starving government of the fuel that powers its totalitarian impulses and warlike tendencies.

Friday, April 21st, 2017

In my last article and blog on Bitcoin, I discussed some issues that Bitcoin faced from consolidation and the increasing professionalization of Bitcoin “mining.” These issues may soon be coming to a head in an argument about Bitcoin’s underlying code that offers two divergent paths for the future of Bitcoin – or a third way in which it splits into two separate assets. This possibility is both a serious concern for Bitcoin users and investors.

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Even though blockchain applications are in their infancy, the technology is here to stay.

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Those who dream of a world with greater economic freedom have traditionally relied on the pen, the ballot box, and sometimes the sword to effect change. But a relatively new technology called blockchain may make the computer a potent tool to achieve greater liberty.

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

How much does it cost to make a bitcoin?

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

We have written recently at AIER about how blockchain – and bitcoin, the cryptocurrency that is one early and prominent application of blockchain technology – may be important to the future of money and exchange. In this article, I discuss how in the past few years, the center of gravity of the bitcoin world moved to China and the lessons we can draw from the resulting cycle of consolidation and regulation. This may have important implications for the future of bitcoin, as well as a being a potential challenge to the decentralization that is part of the fundamental appeal of cryptocurrencies.

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

New technologies that bring major changes to society rarely do so in ways that are straightforward or easy to predict. In a previous article, we described the basics of blockchain technology and how it could enhance and safeguard fundamental economic rights. Viewing adoption of this technology as an inevitable force that will protect civil liberties and reduce government dominance over legal and economic affairs is therefore tempting.

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

New technology can both disrupt and entrench existing large and powerful players in a market. In a previous article, I explained the importance of blockchain technology. A blockchain is a type of database that is distributed to all users without a centrally managed hub and that stores unalterable digital records. It is most commonly known today as the technology underlying bitcoin, keeping records of the cryptocurrency’s ownership and allowing ownership to be transferred.

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

In recent weeks, Chinese regulators have taken a stronger interest in bitcoin, the cryptocurrency that was the first major application of blockchain technology and that we have recently highlighted in this blog.

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Many individuals would like exposure to bitcoin but do not want to complicate their finances with a bitcoin wallet

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Those who dream of a world with greater economic freedom have traditionally relied on the pen, the ballot box, and sometimes the sword to effect change. But a relatively new technology called blockchain may make the computer a potent tool to achieve greater liberty.

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

The disappointing performance of the global financial markets this year has left many investors looking for better opportunities. Therefore, an investment like Bitcoin may catch their eyes. After all, its price has jumped from about $430 in January to about $660 today (July 14), a growth rate of slightly more than 50 percent

Monday, January 5th, 2015
As several of the worse performing currencies are in countries where the government manipulates statistics and exchange rates, it is not easy to come up with a perfect ranking. Using the inflation rate is a good approximation.
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
Governments around the world are grappling with what to do with Bitcoin — the cryptocurrency that has attracted enthusiasts worldwide, endured the bankruptcy of one major exchange (Tokyo-based Mt. Gox), and puzzled fans and detractors alike with regard to its legal status.
Monday, November 5th, 2012

One of the key pillars to returning money to the people, as Ron Paul mentions in a new edition of The Case for Gold which will be released this week for free to Laissez Faire members, is to undo government’s monopoly on money creation.

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

I have finally had a chance to read in full the unsigned report by the European Central Bank that I mentioned earlier this week. The report is quite impressive. The report clearly states the advantages of Bitcoins versus current credit/debit cards:

Monday, June 18th, 2012

When you finally grasp the magnitude of Apple’s play in the payments business, it becomes clear that potential competitors will be shunned from the platform.

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