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“Universal __________” is immoral

I think we need to recognize that what makes something “good” is completely subjective. When you argue that public goods are good for society, you are essentially saying that people…

Sapiens: The Protocol Animal

A protocol is a system of rules. And, boy, do we as a species seem to love rules. Our religions are protocols for how to think and behave, our languages…

Things bought with tax money cost more

There is no free lunch. You pay for everything one way or another, whether through taxes or from your wallet. You are wrong when you think that taxes are “a…

Linux and Bitcoin

The open source OS, Linux turned 27 just 2 days ago and today its involved in nearly everone’s computer experience. The open source sound money, Bitcoin is just 10 years…

Pay for public goods without taxes

I understand that public goods are a necessity that benefit lots of people, but I disagree that they cannot be paid for without forcing money from the working man’s bank…

Government is temporary

We are living through a major extinction event. Not just of pandas and rainforests, but of social tools and structures. The book was invented over 500 years ago and it’s…

3 Reasons to Write Daily

Make room for fresh thinking You already know that your brain is not great at long-term storage. You probably don’t even remember what you had for lunch 2 years ago…

#TrumpHeartsBitcoin

I’m not usually one to remark on the president’s tweets. But this is a ‘yuge’ exception. For the first time ever, a sitting US president made a public statement about…

The Future of Privacy in Bitcoin

Ahh, the early days of Bitcoin… Back when everyone thought they were buying weed on the Silk Road anonymously. Bitcoin has since become so easy to trace thanks to KYC…

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