Last week I got a runny nose but didn't think much of it, maybe it was the winter weather or the hay from my kid's guinea pig cage. by the weekend I developed a slight cough and a slight headache. Monday morning, Martin Luther King Day, I took a sip of coffee and by my third sip realized I couldn't taste anything. I decided to further test myself so i sipped a spoonful of soy sauce and smelled an open jar of diced garlic…nothing.

I along with the whole family went to get tested and within 24 hours we found…


The Great Bitcoin debate has been focused for nearly a decade on the question of scaling, that debate is basically over at this point in terms of the cultural question within Bitcoin. The beautiful thing about Bitcoin which I have written about in a previous article, is that cultural debates which masquerade as technical ones, are resolved peacefully in the form of a fork, a possible roadmap for the future of humanity. …


The search for foundations

The purpose of a search for the principles of Bitcoin is in my mind a necessity for any movement. It is of the utmost importance to at a minimum loosely define itself with positive goals to be achieved and not merely by what it opposes.

The failure of conservativism can be seen using this failed strategy of negative achievement. Michael Malice, author and political commentator wrote that “conservativism is progressivism driving the speed limit” which is the hallmark of a movement defining itself not by it’s aspirations but by what it opposes’. …


The Bitcoin cult, an emerging religion is one that I have covered extensively in a variety of podcast episodes and blog articles the links to which can be found here. It is a most interesting development in the history of Bitcoin and as what I would consider a predictable outgrowth of The Bitcoin organism as described by German Bitcoiner Gigi in my episode with him.

Religions are thought by many evolutionary psychologists and historians as a natural evolutionary step of a culture or society wishing to bind together its citizens and cement cultural norms viewed as positive. Bitcoin while being…


Rituals and Practices

Bitcoin has over its 10 year run evolved from merely a niche cypherpunk project into a movement and bears the marks of a cult. The term “cult” has become twisted to mean something that is akin to dangerous, deviant and to be avoided, but the historical definition, and the way I am using it, merely means a small group of people with practices that seem strange to others. Christianity was a cult in the Roman empire for hundreds of years before its ascension to major world religion in the years after Constantine.

More than likely most Bitcoiners who read this…


A front seat to the financial panopticon

If you haven't already seen, yesterday Facebook released their whitepaper for their cryptocurrency "Libra". My two predictions are that it will succeed and that its the worst thing to happen to privacy in a generation.

Governments have always loved the concept of a cashless society, a digital currency because it allows for tracking of every purchase, every monetary interaction is documented, collated and cross-referenced. Citizens of most western nations however still held on to cash, physical bills/coins, and have refused to go fully digital. …


How adaption of theology maintains dominance

In high school we studied the worlds religions and their history and one thing always stood out to me, and that was the history of Hinduism, its near usurpation and reconquest afterwards.

After the Buddhas death, Buddhism spread throughout the subcontinent of India into China and central Asia. The original Vedic religion that Indo-Aryans brought with them to the subcontinent was, over time, slowly molded and changed with new ideas being developed internally as well as external interactions with Buddhism and Jainism.

Around 200 B.C. there was a synthesis of Hindu beliefs incorporating Buddhist and other religious traditions into it…


Capturing the meme

In modern parlance the term “denier” as a denigration was first used by those (often antisemitic or anti-zionist not always overlapping) who wished to label those who denied the horrors of the Holocaust that occurred in German/Axis held territories during WW2. This denial could be in the event in its totality or merely to be skeptical about the numbers that have been reported. It was an effective meme to (rightly) label those who did deny such events as an easy way to make them social pariahs.

This meme has also been successfully migrated into evangelical left circles to be used…


This headline may seem like a joke, but it is not and neither is AOC despite what some may say; she’s the Trump of the Left and a future president.

I was one of those people that severely misunderestimated Trump early on in the primary but as I paid more attention to his style and rehtoric I realized that THIS was the new normal. The age of Stone style politics had finally arrived and the age of "respectable" leaders and congenial debates on stage was over.

The age of the infamous had already entered the general culture and now it…


This headline is purposefully clickbaity and will elicit the same reaction from anyone in the Bitcoin community that reads it... YOU CANT CONTROL BITCOIN! which of course, in the macro is correct. You can’t control Bitcoin. You may be able to gain majority control over aspects of the Bitcoin ecosystem for periods of time but no one can ever control it.

This is the danger that it presents to those who wish to control their people via the monetary system. In Venezuela people are turning to barter, precious metals and to Bitcoin as they flee the dying Bolivar. …

Ozymandias

Look upon my mighty works

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